In message <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>, John Culleton <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes
So how would you start an absolute newbie to e.g., Context and pdfetex? Where would you point them for their first download? is another option for a basic (Context only) setup that avoids the frighteningly large list of checkbox options presented by MikTeX. The only problems I had installing were in trying to find any installation instructions. :-) (Note to Hans: if installation instructions do exist then please make them more visible.)

So I wrote my own :-) which I have attached and which you are welcome to use freely. The only caveat is that I already had ActiveState Perl installed on my machine so I don't know whether it needs to be installed separately in order to make texexec work or whether handles this on its own as well. I would be grateful if you could check this out for me.

If the instructions do work then please also let Hans know and maybe he could add them to the distribution? No need to keep my name in there - people might start asking me for help (which would be bad for them). ;-)

Bruce Horrocks
<firstname>@<surname> -- fix the obvious for email
I can't find a proper install guide for under XP Professional 
(SP2) so here is a quick summary:

1) Unzip into c:\tex (d:\tex etc. should be fine if you have 
another drive/partition).

2) Start a CMD shell and run the commands:
   C:\tex> c:\tex\setuptex.bat
   C:\tex> mktexlsr
   C:\tex> texexec --make --alone en metafun

(The last line sets up ConTeXt for English. Use nl for Dutch, de for German.)

3) Now the problems start.  The setuptex.bat file ought to go into autoexec.nt 
so that it is run on startup. Unfortunately texexec doesn't seem to want to run 
at all from a shell (only a cmd.exe shell) but cmd.exe isn't 
interested in running autoexec.nt. So far I've just been starting a shell and 
running the c:\tex\setuptex.bat by hand each time.

Since setuptex.bat only sets environment variables (type 'set' to see which) 
you could enter them into the registry via START -> Settings -> Control Panel 
-> System -> Advanced -> Environment Variables and then they would be set 

4) Create a sample file to test the installation. Copy the following to a file 
called demo.tex using Notepad. Put it into a working directory somewhere - I'm 
assuming c:\work. (Tip: In Notepad, when you save the file, enter the filename 
as "demo.tex" *including* the quotes and it won't add .txt to the filename.) 
Don't include the start and end lines.

------ start ------
% interface=en





\title{Peter D. Ward}
The Earth, as a habitat for animal life, is in old age and
has a fatal illness. Several, in fact. It would be happening
whether humans had ever evolved or not. But our presence is
like the effect of an old|-|age patient who smokes many packs
of cigarettes per day |.| and we humans are the cigarettes.

------ end ------

5) Start a cmd shell (or use the current one) and cd to c:\work. Run the 
texsetup.bat script as per step 2 if you're using a fresh shell. Now run the 
  c:\work> texexec --batch --output=pdftex demo

This will create several working files (all called demo.something) plus a 
demo.pdf (assuming that all has gone well).

Hope this helps.
Bruce Horrocks, Jan 2005
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