[tex-live] Windows 7 still fails

Siep Kroonenberg siepo at bitmuis.nl
Tue Sep 25 21:04:38 CEST 2018

On Tue, Sep 25, 2018 at 12:44:09PM -0400, Benedict Holland wrote:
> Hello all,
> First off, let me state that I have extreme sympathy for people who have to
> develop for windows. That said, by default, the windows installer running
> on windows 7 breaks with the Perl.exe failing. I had to use the -v gui text
> option and install a full install of Perl.
> A few things about this process, do not tell anyone to disable firewalls or
> anti-virus software. That makes your product look extremely sketchy. I
> understand that you can't plan for everything but if someone told you to
> just run this strange script as root while disabling the firewall and
> anti-virus scanners, you should be very suspicious.
> Also, honestly, you should have it working under windows 7 at this point.
> Turn the firewalls on. Run the installation scripts. Fix the problems. I
> shouldn't have an xz error throwing a perl.exe error. Assume that users are
> installing this in a corporate environment as a local user with reasonable
> security. We are long past the point of saying that users should disable
> computer protections.

Your problems are not everybody's problems. The installer is tested
under Windows 7, without turning off protections, both as a regular
user and as adminstrator.

> Also, make the default install location C:\Users\<local user> if they are
> not running it as admin and C:\Program Files (x86)\ if they are. It's the
> little things like that which will solve a host of problems. If I tried to
> install something as a user on C:\ it would just fail.

On an out of the box Windows installation, regular users _can_ install
software in the root of C:. In a corporate environment, there may be
indeed be more restrictions.

Installing in the root of C: is not uncommon for Windows ports of
open source software. For one thing, some third-party scripts
included in TL may not have been tested with spaces or funny
characters in path names. So it is not clear whether your suggestion
would be an improvement.


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