[tex-live] Texlive installation hangs on Vista

Siep Kroonenberg siepo at cybercomm.nl
Fri Jan 8 00:19:33 CET 2010

On Thu, Jan 07, 2010 at 12:59:08PM +0000, T T wrote:
> 2010/1/7 Andreas Hirsch <nishni_nowgorod at gaponline.de>:
> > Hi!
> >
> > quoting kap4lin, [07.01.2010 04:21 +0100]:
> >> Hi,
> >>
> >> I am trying to install TL 2009 on Vista using the
> >> install-tl-advanced.bat. I uncheck the languages that are not
> >> required, toggle letter-paper to yes, toggle registry path to No,
> >> toggle, file associations to No, and hit the install button. After all
> >> the downloading the installer hangs at the following:
> >>
> >> running packages specific postactions
> >>
> >> and nothing happens after that. The log file is practically empty.
> >>
> >> The attached image is with default specs (other than the path). Any clue?
> >
> > as marked in your screenshot I suppose that the path to your MikTeX-perl
> > could be the problem ...
> No, that's not a problem with MikTeX-perl. The
> install-tl[-advanced].bat wrapper makes sure that the installer uses
> our Perl.
> The output in command prompt suggest a problem in the menu group
> (directory) creation. Most likely there is no write access there. My
> guess would be that the installer runs in the user mode but tries to
> create shortcuts for all users (requires admin). No idea why this
> could happen, though. Siep, Norbert, any ideas?

On my win7 VM the menu entries are added to the user menu, but in
the past, we have had other reports of inexplicable lack of write

I ditched my virtual Vista and botched the admin account on my
virtual win7, so ATM I cannot test what happens if an administrator
tries a user install.

> @kap4lin: It might be useful to see the full output from the command
> prompt. You could run the installer from the command line and redirect
> its output to file:
>   install-tl-advanced.bat > install-texlive.log

You could add a '-v' option to get more output:

....\install-tl-advanced -v >install-texlive.log 2>&1

Siep Kroonenberg

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