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

Siep Kroonenberg siepo at cybercomm.nl
Thu Jun 23 20:45:24 CEST 2011

On Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 12:54:40PM -0300, George N. White III wrote:
> 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.:
> <http://www.edugeek.net/forums/windows/7041-stopping-exe-files-being-run-usb-stick.html>

Thanks for the link. However, I had already been thinking in that
direction but could not find any such settings on the laptop.
Besides, the tray menu itself did install. Waiting for a

Siep Kroonenberg

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