[tex-live] TeX Live Windows installation question

Siep Kroonenberg siepo at cybercomm.nl
Thu Oct 25 14:33:45 CEST 2007

On Tue, Oct 23, 2007 at 01:27:51PM -0400, Lantz Susan wrote:
> This morning's attempt to install TeX Live, scheme-medium on my
> computer here at the university seemed to be going
> well . . . until I got a "tlmp.ini permissions failed"
> message. When I decided to install the full scheme, I got a
> similar message, but this one said: Read of tlmpgui.ini failed.
> Check the permissions and whether it exists.  Almost immediately,
> I got a similar (but seemingly related) message: Writing of the
> D:/setuptl/tmlpgui.ini file failed. Check the file permissions. 
> A search on my hard drive for the tlmp file and a tlmpgui file
> turned up nothing. They are on the CD from which I'm doing the
> installation, but the latter apparently cannot be changed.
> Since I've never used TeX on a computer running Windows, and since
> the system administrator (who is a Windows person but knows
> nothing about TeX), is as clueless as I am, can someone tell me
> (1) if the read/write error messages are common, not unexpected,
> or indicated a problem, and (2) what, if anything, we need to do
> to make the program run. 

As to possible permission problems:

Which version of Windows are you running? Later versions of Windows
close off more areas of the filesystem to non-administrators, and
with Vista, you have to explicitly request administrator privileges
even if you already are an administrator.

Was `Install for all users' unchecked? Did you verify that you have
write permissions to the chosen TLroot directory?

Siep Kroonenberg

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