[tex-live] Portable install: `Failure to execute command'

George N. White III gnwiii at gmail.com
Thu Jun 23 17:54:40 CEST 2011

On Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 7:24 AM, Siep Kroonenberg <siepo at cybercomm.nl> wrote:

> I tried a usb install of TL2011 for a colleague. I could install the
> tray icon in the system tray, and I could run the TL console, but I
> could not run any other programs: gui programs produced a messagebox
> `Failed to execute command: ...' and command-line programs produced
> a similar message in spanish. This problem was specific to the
> machine, not to the usb stick: another usb stick failed similarly on
> this machine, and neither usb stick failed on a couple of other
> Windows systems.
> I ended up doing a regular install of TL2010, which worked fine.
> I realize that this is not enough information for debugging, and I
> currently don't have access to his laptop either, so I just ask
> whether this rings a bell to any Windows user?

Some sites (schools) use anti-malware policies and or software to block
"suspect" or allprograms on USB drives, e.g.:

George N. White III <aa056 at chebucto.ns.ca>
Head of St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia

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