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Regshot:...\Software\Cywin in HKCU& HKLM vers only port. issue

Regshot results were clean except for the creation and/or modification of these registry keys; testing perfomed on latexusage.tex by exec'ing pdflatex; take 1 regshot; exec AsymptotePortable.exe latexusage-*.asy from batch; 2nd regshot; everything clean with exception of the Software\Cygwin registry keys under HKCU & HKLM.

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It appears to be only coded

It appears to be only coded via the installer. Works fine on a clean Win7 VM when installed to d:\.

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looks hard-coded here on XP

sterile XP-SP3 VM environment; AsymptotePortable installed in the dir P:\PortableApps; upon exec. & typing 'help' at the prompt I get a message box saying that
"Windows cannot not find 'c:\Program Files\Asymptote\asymptote.pdf'. Make sure you typed the name correctly..."

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I meant the Asymptote

I meant the Asymptote installer (asymptote-2.24-setup.exe) not the portable one. Sorry for the confusion.

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Hardcoded

I took a minute to poke through the source code and it is, in fact, hardcoded. I'm going to try to build a slightly patched version, and if that fails, just release the one with registry fixes.

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Keep underlying code base as is--my 2 bits

preferable to have no special builds; any other issues--hopefully not, but...--become much more difficult to trace; if the Asymptote devs. hardcoded, they hardcoded it;

IMHO it's better to give user a heads-up on the issue & to inform her to get the Help file from AsymptotePortable\App\Asymptote\Asymptote.pdf, not from the faulty command prompt "tip"; that's my suggestion, anyway

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C++

It turns out that I can't fix it even if I know exactly where the problem is in the code because my C++ is not that good. So I'll post the newest (not my compiled) version in a little bit. I'll add the warning in the post for end users.

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Updated: 2.24 Dev Test 5

Updated to 2.24 Dev Test 5. See release notes for details.

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See "Asymptote does not hang when invoked from TM IF..."

it's my latest comment under the TexmakerPlusPortable page of PA.c

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Regshot clean on DT5

in part., the only hang-up for a clean Regshot previously found was on the registry keys ...\Software\Cygwin for HKCU & HKLM; this latest Regshot confirms that the Cygwin keys issue is resolved & supplies a completely clean portability result for AsymptotePortable overall.

Details:
new Regshot confirmed no such Cygwin registry key issues; previously, some Cygwin keys had been created by AsymptotePortable;
in all other respects the new Regshot results were clean also; the only registry/file mods were from on-going system processes [1] & the use of Win Explorer for invocations [2].

Procedure:
set-up:
for testing, the keys ...\Software\Cygwin for HKCU & HKLM were initially deleted; also %Temp% was emptied the Windows; Windows indexing was set to Snooze; the AV (WebRoot) was On;

context: sterile XP-SP3 VM exec'ing under an Admin acct. with all execs from Win Explorer; the test document was "latexusage.tex" from the AOPS web site;

test process:
the 3-line batch file from the AOPS web site
Note(s):
[1] HKLM mods--since an Admin was acct. used--for the cryptography seed, & the AV; file mods for system logging such "...\index.dat" files related (ntuser.dat.LOG & software.LOG)
[2]...Explorer\UserAssist\... & ...\ShellNoRoam\BagMRU\... under HKU.

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Regshot clean on DT5

in part., the only hang-up for a clean Regshot previously found was on the registry keys ...\Software\Cygwin for HKCU & HKLM; this latest Regshot confirms that the Cygwin keys issue is resolved & supplies a completely clean portability result for AsymptotePortable overall.

Details:
new Regshot confirmed no such Cygwin registry key issues; previously, some Cygwin keys had been created by AsymptotePortable;
in all other respects the new Regshot results were clean also; the only registry/file mods were from on-going system processes [1] & the use of Win Explorer for invocations [2].

Procedure:
set-up:
for testing, the keys ...\Software\Cygwin for HKCU & HKLM were initially deleted; also %Temp% was emptied; the Windows indexing was set to Snooze; the AV (WebRoot) was On;

context: sterile, up-to-date XP-SP3 VM exec'ing under an Admin acct. with all execution invocations from Win Explorer; the test document was "latexusage.tex" from the AOPS web site; Miktex had been updated for the Asymptote-required and Miktex-maintained LaTeX files (e.g., those in the media package) by a prior exec of the batch file described infra (Miktex options set with Install-Packages-On-the-Fly=Yes) followed by complete Miktex re-updating, refreshing FNDB, & rebuilding LaTeX formats.

test process:
(1)1st regshot;
(2)exec'd the 3-line batch file from the AOPS web site (modified to place the MIktex binaries' dir & the AsymptotePortable dir in the path); that 3-liner is as follows:
pdflatex %name%
AsymptotePortable.exe %name%-*.asy
pdflatex %name%
where %name% is (san quotes) 'latexusage' & the tex file is 'latexusage.tex'; the 3 Asymptote ".sty" files in the App\asy directory were copied to the dir containing this doc. so that LaTeX could find them.
(3)2nd regshot

Note(s):
[1] HKLM mods--since an Admin was acct. used--for the cryptography seed, & the AV; file mods for system logging such "...\index.dat" files & related (ntuser.dat.LOG & software.LOG)
[2]...Explorer\UserAssist\... & ...\ShellNoRoam\BagMRU\... under HKU.

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Good

I'm glad we're back to a clean portable app now. Next step is probably removing xasy completely because even installed versions behave in a similar "there is an issue so I'll lock up forever" fashion.

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sounds like a sound decision

to nix the xasy

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has xasy been elided from installer options--it should be IMHO

a separate version for xasy is nec. here; it poses additional dependency issues re python, the python version, and additional, non-Asymptote-supplied python packages;

if xasy is not deleted from the installer's options, it may get installed on the expectation that it will work, which, of course, will not occur; a note to user that xasy is expressly excluded may also be in order;

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Updated: 2.32 Dev Test 1

Updated to 2.32 Dev Test 1. See release notes for details. Really, look at the release notes.

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2.37

New version available: 2.37
Do you plan on updating to it?

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Hiatus

I have been on hiatus from doing PA.c stuff for a while now because of various life things. I'm not sure when I will be able to return to packaging. I am encouraging people who wish to take over the programs to tell me and then do so. I want to see these apps get the respect they deserve.

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Does this apply to all of your Development Test releases?

Thanks for the response.
Does this apply to all of your Development Test releases?

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Yes

Yes, every single one of them. I haven't been able to properly update them, let alone interact with the community in any meaningful way in almost 2 years now. I wish it wasn't this way, but "auctioning" off my old apps seems like the best option until things settle down. Which I hope they do.

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Updated: 2.38 Dev Test 1

Updated to 2.38 Dev Test 1. See release notes for details.

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