Many problems can be solved by simply re-initializing TeX Live, which is an item in the Tools menu of the launcher. Some specific problems:

Files are opened by the wrong program

File associations under RES are glitchy. RES has trouble with users picking their own default programs. You can keep re-selecting your favorite LaTeX editor from the launcher, or use the Open with ... context menu of Windows Explorer, or give up and go with the default.

How can I configure TeXnicCenter with Adobe Reader as pdf viewer?

The TeX Live Launcher has an item under Tools to reconfigure the TeXnicCenter output profiles. On the old UWP there was a choice between SumatraPDF (a component of our TeX Live) and Adobe Reader. Currently, SumatraPDF will be configured as viewer in either case.

The intervention of RES workspace software broke the old configuration code. I have not yet figured out how to fix it, and am not even sure whether it can be fixed.

Note that SumatraPDF lets you jump between the corresponding place in the source and in the pdf: source ⇒ pdf via the View button; pdf ⇒ source via double-clicking in the pdf.

Of course, you can still open the pdf in e.g. Adobe Reader from Adobe Reader itself.

The LaTeX editor cannot view the pdf

Under the current UWP, many applications are launched via intermediary layers of software. As a consequence, LaTeX editors may fail to launch Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat. Workarounds:

The LaTeX editor no longer generates pdf

This may be due to either damage to your profile or to changes in the underlying system. Close your LaTeX editor, run the launcher from the RUG menu and click on Tools / Re-initialize TeX Live to refresh your settings.

LuaTeX or XeTeX hangs

Probably LuaTeX or XeTeX is just busy generating or updating a font cache. This can take a long time.

TeXnicCenter- or Dviout help does not work

These programs use compiled html for help. Windows considers this file format – like many Microsoft-developed formats – too unsafe to handle unless the file comes from a safe location. At the same time, Windows may not recognize our network drives as a safe location. You can complain about this to ICT via an online form.

Workarounds: I know of no workaround which works from within TeXnicCenter or Dviout. But some relief can be had in one of two ways:

Temporarily going back to 2013

As long as the 2013 files are still present, you can go back to the 2013 version, at least for the current session:

  1. Start the 2014 launcher (Start > All Programs > Text Processing > TeX Live 2014)
  2. Click File > Browse the TeX Live installation
  3. Start again the 2014 lancher, and click Tools > Clear TeX Live settings
  4. In the explorer window created by the second step, go to the 2013 subdirectory and click on TLR2013_2[.exe]
  5. Inform me of your problem with the new version.

Although the 2014 launcher removes the 2013 settings, the converse is not the case. Therefore, you need to remove the 2014 settings with the 2014 launcher before running the 2013 launcher.

Be warned that RES will restore the 2014 settings at your next login.


RuG TeX pages last revised on June 8 2015