[EXTERNAL] Re: TeX on Windows?

Robert Jantzen robert.jantzen at villanova.edu
Wed May 26 00:41:25 CEST 2021

Sorry, I misspelled DifferentialGeometryNotes as dng instead of dgn in haste yesterday. I corrected it to 
I did not intend anyone to waste much time on this, but it is frustrating that these different packages fail on me! I do have administrator access to my windows 10 machine.


bob jantzen

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Subject: RE: [EXTERNAL] Re: TeX on Windows?

On May 25, 2021 6:03:40 PM EDT, Robert Jantzen <robert.jantzen at villanova.edu> wrote:
>This is my book:
>.htm 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 
>Mk6TvLg5oc%3D&reserved=0>, 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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