[tex-live] TL 2010 : Does XeLaTeX search for Emacs, and if so, why ?!

Akira Kakuto kakuto at fuk.kindai.ac.jp
Mon Sep 6 15:15:50 CEST 2010

> Many many people use "E", entirely accidentally, thinking
> that it is "E" for "Exit", not "E" for "Edit".  When they
> do so, the last think they will expect under Windows is
> to be told that Emacs is not in their path.  And what
> (as I suggested earlier) if there /is/ an "Emacs" in
> their path, but it is (e.g.) a Trojan horse ?  A simple
> user error ("E" for "Exit" rather than "E" for "Edit")
> should not lead to the execution of an arbitrary program
> or script of which the user may well be completely unaware.

Unlike the cmd.exe, calledit does not execute emacs.exe or emacs.bat
in the current directory if "." is not in the PATH, which is
satisfied in most cases on windows.
It is a users responsibility to take care of the PATH.


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