[tex-live] 20000425 image on Windows: disappointment!

Staszek Wawrykiewicz StaW@gust.org.pl
Thu, 25 Apr 2002 17:09:33 +0200 (CEST)

On 25 Apr 2002, Janusz S. Bień wrote:

> I have just tested the 20000425 image (which in `.mkisofsrc' is
> described as TeXLive-7-20020422) on Polish Windows 2000.
> Th scenario which interests me is the use of TeXLive e.g. by a student
> on a departamental computer. So I log in as a regular user, put the CD
> and when the installer starts I choose "Run TeX off CD-Rom".
> Then I am forced to (try to) install WinShell, which I find
> unacceptable for several reasons, e.g. I may prefer to install NT
> Emacs (of course, a properly configured one).

"Run TeX off CD-ROM" is intended for quick setup so we had to install
*any* normal text editor as Windows doesn't have something *usable*
on board. Notepad isn't any serious alternative (e.g. cannot read
files with LF eol). Moreover WinShell is already configured for TeX
programs, has as easy as possible menus, buttons, latex help, etc.
The setup is intended especially for beginers and sets the environment
not permanently.
As you can read in TL doc, the alternative for running TeX off CD-ROM
is mkloctex.bat, so you can use your prefered editor and set env
for more sessions...

> When I try to install WinShell in default directories, the
> installation fails because a regular user is not allowed to write in
> "Program Files" directory.

So regular user cannot also install NTEmacs, I hope.

> When I try to install WinShell in a writable directory, I get
> Error creating registry key:

As always, Windows has some traps ;-)

Staszek Wawrykiewicz
email: staw@gust.org.pl