[tex-live] xindy doesn't work on windows

Ulrike Fischer news3 at nililand.de
Fri Aug 24 13:27:00 CEST 2012

Am Fri, 24 Aug 2012 09:39:57 +0100 schrieb Philip TAYLOR:

> We /all/ care about solving real-world problems such as Ulrike's,
> but they should be solved by identifying the underlying root cause
> of the problem, not by seeking to paper over the cracks.

Well I would say it depends on the time you would have to invest to
identify the root cause and to correct it (if it is actually
possible for you to correct it). 

The problem here is what I would call a "historical relict problem":
The short path names are there because windows tries not to break
old applications which expects 8.3-file names and so offers an
additional naming system. That's an honorable goal but like always
when you try to keep compability with old systems it makes live more

Imho in such case often the best way is "to paper over the cracks". 
It is not very difficult to setup a sensible TEMP/TMP or TMPDIR
variable - you only have to know that this will help. 

Ulrike Fischer 

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