[EXTERNAL] Re: TeX on Windows?

AC achirvasub at gmail.com
Wed May 26 00:34:39 CEST 2021

On May 25, 2021 6:03:40 PM EDT, Robert Jantzen <robert.jantzen at villanova.edu> wrote:
>This is my book:
>The complete LaTeX source consists of two zipped files here:

If I visit this last link I get to a page that in turn points me to 

- http://www34.homepage.villanova.edu/robert.jantzen/notes/diffgeom/dgntexfiles2021.zip

- http://www34.homepage.villanova.edu/robert.jantzen/notes/diffgeom/dngimages.zip


- http://www34.homepage.villanova.edu/robert.jantzen/notes/diffgeom/dgnimagesepspdf.zip

The second one of those, presumably, is supposed to contain images. Alas, it doesn't work: clicking it results in

Not Found

The requested URL /robert.jantzen/notes/diffgeom/dngimages.zip was not found on this server.

Apache/2.2.15 (Oracle) Server at www34.homepage.villanova.edu Port 80


Ironic, given that abandoned websites came up in a companion thread not too long ago :).

>This folder contains also the "converted-to-pdf.pdf" image files from
>using MikTex Texworks or TexnicCenter (I cannot remember any more what
>I did back in the early teens of this decade):
>Should I try Tex Live next?
>How is this possible? I really don't understand. Also how did you guys
>get my email shot in the dark at TUG?
>bob jantzen
>From: Philip Taylor <P.Taylor at Hellenic-Institute.Uk>
>Sent: Tuesday, May 25, 2021 7:24 AM
>To: Dr Alan Litchfield <alan at alphabyte.co.nz>; Robert Jantzen
><robert.jantzen at villanova.edu>
>Cc: texhax at tug.org
>Subject: [EXTERNAL] Re: TeX on Windows?
>Dr Alan Litchfield wrote:
>[Download the iso image and] mount it onto your computer.
>Not possible under Windows 7, Alan, unless additional software is
>installed.  But to Bob :
>I have been happily using PCTeX all these years, and will continue to
>do so but it seems like PCTeX has left us in the past two years since I
>communicated with someone there at the company. Does anyone know what
>happened to them? 
>website seems abandoned
>Is there any other for pay product to replace it?
>Pass.  Although I used to pay for TeX back in the Kellerman & Smith
>days, I have not done so since then, and have never paid for a PC
>version.  Many years ago the late, great, Sebastian Rahtz persuaded me
>to switch to TeX Live, and I have never looked back.  In the past I
>would use the network installer, or download and burn the ISO, or
>download and mount the ISO, but these days I use Rsynch to fetch the
>installation suite and install from my local copy.  The real problem is
>that TeX Live is not a Windows product - it is a generic product that
>has to support $2^n+1$ variant operating systems (how many different
>ways can you spell "Linux" ?), and as a result the documentation too
>has to be generic, which is distinctly sub-optimal.
>I am certain that together the TeX user community will be able to
>assist you, but some background information will be vital, and it will
>almost certainly take several iterations before we achieve complete
>success.  So, questions :
>  1.  Exactly which operating system are you running
>  2.  Are you able to access your computer as am administrator
>3.  Do you have fast Internet access from your computer ?  (where
>"fast" => better than 10Mbps) ?
>And to my fellow TeX and Windows users - given that one can install
>(for example) Windows 7 from a USB stick, using the Microsoft Windows
>USB/DVD download
>has anyone investigated whether an analogous methodology could be used
>to install TeX Live from a USB stick for people such as Bob who lack a
>DVD reader ?
>Philip Taylor

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