I don't remember doing anything to MiKTeX when I reinstalled 2.0.0 this
morning.  And MiKTeX still appears at C:\Documents and
Settings\whanson\Local Settings\Application Data\MiKTeX 2.7.

I cannot execute cmd C:\Documents and Settings\<you>\Application Data\lyx20.
When I try I get "Application is not recognized as an internal or external
command, operable program, or batch file."  Could this be because my DOS
prompt always comes up as

C:\Documents and Settings\whanson>

I'm unable to get rid of the ">", and when I put "\" after it and try to
continue, I get the error message.  And I'm unable to get the DOS prompt
back to just plain C:\.  Maybe I've forgotten something really simple about


On Fri, Jul 1, 2011 at 1:10 PM, Paul A. Rubin <ru...@msu.edu> wrote:

> On 07/01/2011 12:46 PM, William Hanson wrote:
>> I've already uninstalled both 1.6.7 and 2.0.0.  I reinstalled 2.0 this
>> morning.  During the installation process, a got the error message
>> "Downloading of MiKTeX failed.  (HTTP/1.1 4054 not found."
> When you uninstalled LyX, you left MiKTeX alone, right?  If so, the LyX
> installer should not be trying to download it.  Typically the LyX installer
> looks for MiKTeX and, if it finds it, asks you whether to use that version
> or to download a new one.  I'm not sure, but I think the LyX installer may
> look for MiKTeX by checking a registry entry, so it's possible that you're
> missing the registry entry.  (The alternative would be that the LyX
> installer would look for latex.exe on the command path, and we've
> established it is there.)
>  I was nevertheless able to continue with the installation process, and I
>> now have 2.0.0 in Program Files.  I can open it, but when I select a file to
>> work on I get a message which says that the selected document class
>> "article" requires external files that are not available.  (This is what
>> happened when the problems started ten days ago.)
> That's consistent with LyX thinking that you do not have a LaTeX
> distribution installed.
>  I'm unable to execute the stuff you suggest in the message you sent
>> earlier today.  Start>Run>cmd puts me into DOS, but I'm unable to carry out
>> the recommended steps.
> The configuration script does not use the registry (I just checked), so I
> think manual configuration should work.  The script tries to find LaTeX by
> running latex.exe (against a small file), so if the MiKTeX bin directory is
> on the system command path, this should succeed.  From DOS, you will need to
> execute
> cd C:\Documents and Settings\<you>\Application Data\lyx20
> to get to the user directory, then execute the Python command I supplied in
> the last message.  If the local directory does not exist (you can check that
> with Windows Explorer, or running the command above will tell you Windows
> can't find the target directory), execute
> mkdir C:\Documents and Settings\<you>\Application Data\lyx20
> then the cd line and then the Python command.  Of course, in all this you
> need to replace <you> with your login id.  You may also need to put the path
> strings in quotes ("C:\...\lyx20"); I can't remember if that's necessary,
> and my XP machine has been retired, but it can't hurt to use the quotes.
> Where do you get stuck trying to do this?
> Paul

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