Suggestion: is it possible to use built-in perl.exe by default?

Philip Taylor P.Taylor at Hellenic-Institute.Uk
Tue May 19 16:20:12 CEST 2020

Chen Yu wrote:

> My prolbem has been solved, but I'm wondering is it possible to use built-in perl.exe by default? This way, problems caused by wrong version of perl.exe could be solved once for all.

I experienced the very opposite problem when trying to install TeX Live 2020 — the installer used /my /"wget" in preference to one supplied as a part of the TeX Live installation suite, and the installation failed.  I therefore think that there is no one "best" solution — whether to use pre-existing user/system-supplied executable images, or those that come as a part of TeX Live, and I can therefore only suggest that there be a configuration file under "texmf-dist" which defines the default behaviour for each and every executable image that comes as a part of TeX Live.  A user finding that this behaviour is sub-optimal for his/her system could then clone that configuration file to the corresponding location under "texmf-local" and change the behaviour (in the local copy) for those image(s) that believed to be causing problems.

/Philip Taylor/

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