[tex-live] TeXLive uninstaller and path settings

Siep Kroonenberg siepo at cybercomm.nl
Sun Mar 4 21:01:03 CET 2018

On Sun, Mar 04, 2018 at 10:44:25AM +0100, Uwe Siart wrote:
> Dear all,
> This question bears on TeXLive on Windows. Usually, I keep some of the
> previous TL installations on disk as a fallback option and for testing
> purposes. During normal use only the latest distribution is on PATH.
> In case I intend to uninstall one of the older TL installations, is it
> required that the concerned installation is on PATH before running the
> uninstaller from the system control panel? Or will the uninstaller work
> as expected even when a different TL installation is active (i.e. is on
> PATH)?
> In other words: Is it safe to call "uninstall TeXLive 2014" from the
> control panel (and will it work as expected) while TeXLive 2017 is
> actually on PATH?

That should work ok. The uninstaller takes care that it runs with a
suitable searchpath.

You will lose file extensions for .dvi and maybe .[e]ps and .pdf.
`Open with' should still work if there is atill another TL release

Siep Kroonenberg

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