[EXT] TEXMFHOME on Windows

Philip Taylor (RHBNC) P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk
Sun Apr 9 17:57:44 CEST 2023

On 09/04/2023 15:32, Peter Flynn wrote:
On 09/04/2023 11:45, Philip Taylor (RHBNC) wrote:
On 09/04/2023 11:29, Peter Flynn wrote:
I thought the canonical location was Computer\System\Users\username\texmf (avoiding the need for C:, D:,

Highly unlikely, IMHO.  How would Windows know that "Computer" was to be replaced by something more meaningful, why "System", and why not %username% ?

Sorry, my all-lowercase username was meant to be replaced by the user's actual username. But don't ask me why Computer and System :-) that's what a Windows user told me (in good faith) and I believe it is true, via some kind of alias or soft link. I touch not the Windows.
I think that said user was perhaps a little naïve — he/she believes that all Windows users perform an untweaked install, such that %SystemDrive" is also the root of %UserProfile%, whereas more sophisticated users frequently intervene to ensure that all user files are on any device other than %SystemDrive%.
I wonder what happened to Computer\System\Users\... or maybe that was a Windows 10 thing now dropped.
Not impossible, but perhaps improbable — I am using something even older than Windows 10 (Windows 7, for Very Good Reasons™), and it wots not of "Computer\System\Users".
> Beware that Windows Explorer may display a localized name instead of
> 'Users', e.g. 'Gebruikers'. I am not sure whether the actual > directory name is ever localized.

Good point, thanks.
Ah, so you are using Irish (Gaeilge) Windows — I did wonder ...
I knew there were good reasons not to use Windows :-)
And there are even better reasons not to use anything else !

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