[tex-live] FW: TeX Live file associations

Siep Kroonenberg siepo at cybercomm.nl
Tue Dec 4 13:19:06 CET 2012

On Mon, Dec 03, 2012 at 09:54:26PM +0100, Reinhard Kotucha wrote:
> On 2012-12-03 at 09:20:25 +0000, Lars Madsen wrote:
>  > I'm just asking a stupid question here:
>  > 
>  > why is psv even associated to PDF files any way?
>  > 
>  > I can understand that texworks is associated to .tex files, but
>  > providing a PS viewer, to me, seems enough
> Lars, AFAIR TL associates PS and EPS files with psv, but PDF files
> only if no other program is associated with them.  This is correct
> behavior: If no other PDF viewer is installed, psv is needed anyway
> and TeX Live does exactly what people expect.  If you install another
> viewer later, you will be asked whether that one should be used by
> default.
> As Siep already said, what you observered is *not* desired behavior.
> Something is going wrong on your side, but nevertheless, I'm
> absolutely convinced that the concept is correct.  Siep worked very
> hard indeed in order to avoid that TeX Live interferes with the rest
> of the system in any way.
> I don't know exactly what you're doing.  You mentioned that you're
> using the w32client script somehow.  AFAIK it's supposed that admins
> adapt it to their needs.  Maybe it's worthwile to examine it.
> Do you get these undesired file associations with a standard TL
> installer or only in your particular environment?  The former would be
> strange, I would expect zillions of complaints here then.
> BTW, you recently asked for a way to look into the registry.
> Alexander already proposed regedit.  However, examining the registry
> with regedit is quite inconvenient.  But there is an export option
> which allows you to export it to a text file which you can examine
> with Emacs, for instance.  This file is quite large because it's in
> UTF-16.  You can reduce the size by the factor two in Emacs:
>    --> Options
>      --> Mule (Multilingual Environment)
>        --> Set Coding Systems
>          --> For saving this buffer
> and select utf-8.  In Emacs you can search forward and backward, even
> using regexps, within Emacs.  The search function in regedit is
> incredibly slow.  It's also much easier to paste an excerpt to the
> mailing list from a text file rather than from a GUI tool.

For that matter, there are ubuntu packages reglookup and
registry-tools for accessing windows registries.

Siep Kroonenberg

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