Unwritable texmf-local after installing texlive 2020

Siep Kroonenberg siepo at bitmuis.nl
Fri May 15 18:13:30 CEST 2020

On Fri, May 15, 2020 at 10:57:42AM -0400, Barry MacKichan wrote:
> I deleted all the contents of texlive from my C: drive on Windows 2007. I

Windows 2007? You mean Windows 7?

With an admin install on Windows 10 and Windows 7, both 64bit, I got
the intended permissions: read and execute for 'users' and
'authnticated users, and full permissions for administrators.

> created the C:\texlive\texmf-local directory and added a single file in new
> subdirectories, C:\texlive\texmf-local\tex\latex\TCItex\welcome.tex.
> Then I did the default network install, and then ran texhash. I got this
> result:
> Cannot open c:/texlive/texmf-local/ls-R to write.
> texhash: Updating c:/texlive/2020/texmf-config/ls-R...
> texhash: Updated c:/texlive/2020/texmf-config/ls-R.
> texhash: Updating c:/texlive/2020/texmf-var/ls-R...
> texhash: Updated c:/texlive/2020/texmf-var/ls-R.
> texhash: Updating c:/texlive/2020/texmf-dist/ls-R...
> texhash: Updated c:/texlive/2020/texmf-dist/ls-R.
> texhash: Done.
> The property dialogs for ls-R and ls-R.orig show that no user has any
> privileges on either file, but that the file owner can create them. This
> problem is fatal to our installation for Scientific Word and Scientific
> WorkPlace, and may force us to retreat the texlive 2019.

Maybe some funny permissions have been inherited from C:\ or from

What is the output of:

icacls C:\texlive

icacls C:\texlive\2020\texmf-dist

icacls C:\texlive\texmf-local

Siep Kroonenberg

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