[plt-scheme] slatex cygwin woes

From: Dave Herman (dherman at ccs.neu.edu)
Date: Sun Feb 26 14:30:52 EST 2006

For posterity, here's the solution that finally (at long last (and after 
much cursing (and general misery (*sniffle*)))) worked for me.

     1. Run the cygwin installer and get the latest version of 
everything and install it.
     2. Now run the cygwin installer *again*, and completely UNINSTALL 
all tetex packages (it's up to you whether you want to uninstall all 
packages that depend on it as well--you're going to reinstall it in a 
minute anyway).
     3. Run the cygwin installer *yet again*, and this time INSTALL all 
tetex packages. Note that for some reason it thinks some of them are 
already there. They aren't!! You must choose REINSTALL for those that it 
incorrectly thinks are already there, e.g., tetex-bin and tetex-base.

Now latex should be correctly working again, and slatex should be able 
to run it out-of-the-box with no issues. Hopefully.


Dave Herman wrote:
> When I try to use slatex in Windows XP, it pops up an error message box 
> with the following error:
>     16 bit MS-DOS Subsystem
>     C:\WINDOWS\system32\ntvdm.exe
>     Error while setting up environment for the application. Choose 
> 'Close' to terminate the application.
>     [Close] [Ignore]
> I haven't the foggiest idea how to go about debugging this problem. 
> Slatex has always given me problems under Windows, but I believe that 
> Cygwin now at least comes with a latex binary that it can find without 
> trouble (I used to have to write a fake latex.exe wrapper in C first). 
> But I've never seen this problem before.
> Thanks,
> Dave
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