10 May 2013 10:44

### Use of TEXMFOUTPUT on Windows

Hi,

I'm trying to use TEXMFOUTPUT to enable me to write this sort of thing in
my LaTeX document, and it not complain about not being able to write the
file:

\begin{document}

\section{A section}
Some text in a section

\newwrite\tempfile
\immediate\openout\tempfile=C:/docs/test.tex
\immediate\write\tempfile{Some text}
\immediate\closeout\tempfile

\end{document}

At the moment I get this error:

! I can't write on file C:/docs/test.tex'

kpsewhich tells me that TEXMFOUTPUT is set to what I think it is:

>kpsewhich --var-value=TEXMFOUTPUT
C:/docs

If I remove the path in my document like this:

\begin{document}


8 May 2013 13:29

### BUG in lualibs

,

I don't know, if this is the right way to report a error that occured during compiling my document
with lualatex. If it is not please tell me where to report instead.

This output was produced:
##>   (S:/programms/miketex_prtbl/tex/luatex/luatexbase/mcb.lua)
##>   Lua module: luatexbase-mcb 2013/04/13 0.5 register several functions in a callb
##>   ack
##>   ))
##>   ! LuaTeX error ...mms/miketex_prtbl/tex/luatex/luatexbase/modutils.lua:49: modu
##>     S:/programms/miketex_prtbl//tex/luatex/lualibs/lualibs.lua:19: '=' expected ne
##>   ar 'default'
##>   stack traceback:
##>     [C]: in function 'require'
##>     ...mms/miketex_prtbl/tex/luatex/luatexbase/modutils.lua:49: in function 'requi
##>   re_module'
##>     <\directlua >:1: in main chunk.
##>   \lltxb <at> requirelua ...xluaescapestring {#2}" \fi )}
##>
##>   l.34 \RequireLuaModule
##>   The lua interpreter ran into a problem, so the
##>   remainder of this lua chunk will be ignored.
##>


4 May 2013 09:12

### \listoffigures for caption with Greek letters


Hi folks,

I have several figures in my paper; I use \listoffigures to list all the titles in the front page of the
paper. But whenever there is Greek letters in the tile of the figure, the \listoffigures does not work.
Could someone help me with that?

Thanks,

Wu

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3 May 2013 11:07

### french.sty not available

Dear MikTeX administrators

On CTAN, there was a package french containing french.sty with its utilities. This package was free from
1992 through 1998.From 1999 to 2007 it was still there, but as shareware. I mean, therefore it was not part
of the MikTeX packages. With the death of
the author, Bernard Gaulle in 2007, the french package stood still.
Therefore and because many people were interested to continue using it, a group of persons created a new
package names e-french and with the agreement of the heiress Catherine Gaulle, this package was
published since January 2011 under a free licence,
namely the LPPL. Is is to be found under <http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/language/french/e-french>.

But till now, if I insert a command \usepackage{french}, MikTeX doesn't find it. It is still not in the
available packages of MikTeX. Is this correctable ? The package frenchle, that is present delivers a
reduced version of the original french.sty, named
frenchle,sty. The same group is also adapting that one, and the adapted version is also to be found under
e-french in the CTAN-archives.

Regards
Raymond Juillerat

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2 May 2013 17:21

### STIX package

Dear colleagues,

The STIX fonts are a suite of unicode OpenType fonts containing a complete set of mathematical glyphs. The
CTAN copy packaged on 2010-06-04 is a mirror of the outdated official release, organised as specified by
the TeX Directory Structure, for inclusion in standard TeX distributions.

A new version has been recently released. The StixFonts website (http://www.stixfonts.org/) states
that
Version 1.1.0–latex–beta provides a new packaging format of the STIX fonts suitable for use with LaTeX.
Participants are encouraged to provide feedback through https://sourceforge.net/projects/stixfonts/support.

Can anyone help me installing this package into the MikTeX system. I did it manually, but the installed
files are not recognized by the system even after refreshing the file name database.

Regards,
Paulo Mota

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2 May 2013 17:53

### Re: compilation with PassiveTeX aborts

>> Thanks for your answer. Here is an archive with complete test case.

Well I can tell you that <fo:block break-before="page" /> in
your fo triggers the output routine. And inside the output routine
things explode when a dimen gets assigned a string:

\global \ <at> tempdima \FOcolumnwidth

where \FOcolumnwidth = proportional-column-width(1)

The string comes from some of your table declarations

<fo:table-column column-number="1" column-width="proportional-column-width(1)"/>

I think passivetex can't handle this syntax. But I can't say if it
this is due to some change in passivetex or if your input changed. One
would need an older version of passive tex and quite some time to find
out.

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Mit freundlichen Grüßen
Ulrike Fischer
http://www.troubleshooting-tex.de/

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### compilation with PassiveTeX aborts

Hello,

We have been using passivetex for years through MikTeX for automated
report generation. It used to work like a charm for our application.
Recently we installed MikTeX on another host and discovered that
compilation aborts with a message like :

Missing number : treated as zero.

The only noticeable change in MikTeX is the packaging date of passivetex.
With the passivetex packaged on 2005/09/02 which seems to be the
previous version, there is no problem.
Any idea ?
Kind regards,

G. Dutilleux

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CETE de l'Est - LRPC de Strasbourg
11, rue Jean Mentelin, BP 9
67035 Strasbourg CEDEX 2
France
Tel : +33 (0)3 88 77 46 07
Fax: +33 (0)3 88 77 46 20
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2 May 2013 12:35

### pdflatex: Cannot start MiKTeX package manager.

Hello!

A coworker gets the following error message from pdflatex (MiKTeX 2.9 on Win7).

pdflatex: Cannot start MiKTeX package manager.
pdflatex: Data: Ungⁿltige Syntax

I find nothing in the log file ACS64_AD.log.
It looks like the latex run itself succeeded.

What might be the reason?

Mit freundlichen Grüßen
Dr. Hartmut Niemann

Siemens AG
Infrastructure & Cities Sector
Rail Systems Division
Locomotives and Components
IC RL LOC EN LE 8
Werner-von-Siemens-Str. 67
91052 Erlangen, Deutschland
Tel: +49 9131 7-34264
mailto:hartmut.niemann <at> siemens.com
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26 Apr 2013 20:48

### can environment variables be used in miktexstartup.ini

Is it possible to use Windows environment variables in
miktexstartup.ini, for example, to say something like

CommonInstall=%MIKTEX%

where MIKTEX=c:\miktex

CommonInstall=c:\miktex

The syntax

CommonInstall=%MIKTEX%

didn't work. I also tried

CommonInstall="%MIKTEX%"
CommonInstall=<MIKTEX>
CommonInstall="<MIKTEX>"

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24 Apr 2013 20:48

### is it possible (re-)configure the portable version of miktex so that write access to the distribution is not needed?

Since there was some confusion, this is hopefully a clearer version of
my previous post.

We include the portable version of MikTeX in our software distribution
because we have a report generation tool that uses MikTeX as a back end.
Our users don't actually use MikTeX directly. The report generation tool
is command line only. The MikTeX executables that we use are accessed by
our report generation tool and are used in "batchmode". (BTW, we include
copyright notices, etc., for MikTeX in the distribution.)

What we did is this.

1) we downloaded the 2.9 portable version of MikTeX and installed it.

2) we ran the portable version on a tex file that downloads all the
packages to which our users need access for the report generation tool.

3) we then include the MikTeX distribution folder in our distribution.
Our report generation tool (python) executes the MikTeX executables it
needs to. Because we're using the portable version, no MikTeX
initialization or Windows registry access is needed.

This actually works except for one small feature: MikTeX's pdflatex and
latex need the files texmf.fndb and mpm.fndb (in miktex/data/le)  to be
writeable by users, specifically, users with non-admin accounts. If we
make these two files writeable, this approach works without any problems.

(If they aren't writeable, errors like "pdflatex: Windows API error 5:
Access is denied" occur.)



23 Apr 2013 02:47

### error if texmf.fndb and mpm.fndb are not writable, even if no write is occuring

I need to be able install MiKTeX on a customer's Windows XP box in their
Program Files folder. They have a requirement that no files in this
folder can be modified by users and, more generally, that no files in
Program Files can be writeable.

To prototype this, on my own Windows XP box, I ran MikTeX (pdflatex) on
a tex file that causes all the packages they need to be downloaded. I
verified that when I run pdflatex a second time, the files texmf.fndb
and mpm.fndb do not change. I then turned off the write permission on
these files and ran pdflatex again. I then got the error

pdflatex: Windows API error 5: Access is denied

If I ran

pdflatex -disable-installer

I got the same error.

It seems that in this situation it should not be necessary for
texmf.fndb or mpm.fndb to be writeable, especially because I can verify
that the contents and time stamps of these files are not changing.

Am I doing something wrong or is this a bug?

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