After years of using Miktex, I have installed TexLive on my Windows machines, in order to be using the same TeX environment on both my Linux (Ubuntu) and Windows machines. On Windows the Texlive installer takes care of all the path and directory requirements, so the user needs do nothing special. The Tex system ends up being much larger than it was under MixTex, but one can choose a smaller set of packages, rather than the Complete set that I chose. Texlive has been working without a hitch on my (XP) machines, as it has on the Ubuntu machines.

Just a thought.
Ehud Kaplan

On 9/18/2010 11:22 AM, Maria Gouskova wrote:
Thank you kindly! This is most educational. I have shared a link to
this discussion with my Windows-using colleagues.


On Thu, Sep 16, 2010 at 11:21 AM, Jacob Bishop<>  wrote:
Paul is right. You did ask, though, if there was a standard location for the
directory in Windows. I believe there is, but it's different between xp and
vista/w7. Mine on Windows 7 is:
I'm not on my xp machine right now, but it's something like
C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\MikTeX\2.8\...

MikTeX created those directories for local settings when I originally
installed it.

You can, of course set up a custom location via the MikTeX "settings"
interface, which you have to use anyway to run "Refresh FNDB" as Paul

I hope this adds a bit of information.


On Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 6:26 AM, Paul A. Rubin<>  wrote:
On 9/14/2010 7:41 PM, Maria Gouskova wrote:

I should add that they all used MikTeX, and we tried putting texmf in
C:\ and also in the Program Files folder (I think basically as
C:\Program Files\texmf).

What confuses me is that in Mac OS, LyX finds all the stuff inside the
texmf folder automaticallly after reconfiguring. Does this happen in
Windows? If not, is there something that needs to be done inside LyX
to help it find the correct texmf path? I am sure we missed something
really obvious.

If they are using MiKTeX:

1.  They can run the MiKTeX "Settings" application (from the Start menu)
and go to the "Roots" tab.  That lists the directories on the search path
MiKTeX uses.  They can create their local texmf folder anywhere they want,
then just add it to that tab (Add... button) and move it up to the top of
the search chain.

2.  After adding anything to their local texmf directory, they should run
the Settings application, and on the General tab click "Refresh FNDB" (which
runs texhash to update the LaTeX file databases).




Ehud Kaplan, Ph.D.
Jules and Doris Stein/Research to Prevent Blindness/  Professor
*The laboratory of Visual&  Computational Neuroscience*
Depts. of Neuroscience, Ophthalmology, Chemical&  Structural Biology
The Mount Sinai School of Medicine
One Gustave Levy Place
New York, NY, 10029

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