[texhax] undertilde and MiKTeX

Alan Litchfield alan at alphabyte.co.nz
Wed Nov 1 22:00:27 CET 2017

Just as another thought, from across the road.

If you are using university images, it is possible that ICT have limited read/write privileges for directories that MiKTeX wants to use for the installation of packages. Our school and the default university image predetermined a minimal MikTeX installation with on-the-fly installation of required packages. Users constantly had difficulties with Windows 8 and now 10, with MiKTeX complaining that packages could not be found. Even trying to change environment variables did not solve the issues. Staff and PhD students were all affected and the packages would only install with extended Administrator privileges. 

Working with ICT, we switched all our PC’s and Macs to the same TeXLive configuration. Such issues went away.

Dr Alan T Litchfield, MIITP
Director, Service and Cloud Computing Research Lab
School of Engineering, Computer, and Mathematical Sciences
Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies
Auckland University of Technology
Ph +649 921 9999 x5217

On 2/11/2017, at 9:35, Rolf Turner <r.turner at auckland.ac.nz> wrote:

> On 02/11/17 00:50, Ulrike Fischer wrote:
>> Am Sat, 28 Oct 2017 10:05:51 +1300 schrieb Rolf Turner:
>>> An author contacted me just now saying that he is getting an error
>>>      > File `undertilde.tex' not found. \input{undertilde}
>>> This author is using TeXstudio which is a front end for MiKTeX.
>> texstudio is an editor which can be used with any texsystem and also
>> works on linux, see www.texstudio.org
> Yes.  I *knew* that too!  I just got temporarily confused.  Sorry!
>> This said: undertilde.tex is in miktex. Your author probably hasn't
>> enabled on-the-fly installation and so should install with the
>> package manager the genmisc package.
> Yes, likely.  The author (I know him quite well) *used to be* very computer savvy, but in recent years has been working in the commercial world and has thus been immersed in Micro$oft crap, which has (it appears) deadened his brain.
> OTOH I am still mystified by the posting from Dieter Kilsch:
>> I use MikTeX 2.9 under Windows 10. win-grep, target on the whole
>> \tex\-folder, only found "undertilde" in \tex\latex\vector\vector.sty,
>> where the command is defined. So to me there is no underline.sty or
>> undertilde.tex > I do not have a folder tex/generic/genmisc or something similar.
> Have you any explanation for this apparent contradiction?  (Not that it really matters now; just idle curiosity.)
>> But as David wrote the tex-file contains only three lines of code
>> and it would be much better to add a suitable definition to your
>> class instead of relying on such an outside file.
> Yes, thanks.  I've followed David's advice.
> cheers,
> Rolf Turner
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