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How do I stop non-English documentation returns from mthelp? mthelp graphicx returns a Polish manual. mthelp amsldoc returns an Italian manual. How do I stop this? How do I get a hold of the English manuals (whether in .html, .pdf, or whatever)?

By the way, I'm running MikTeX 2.8 on a Vista32

UPDATE1: I was able to find the English amsmath documentation on my hard drive at C:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.8\doc\latex\ams\math\amsldoc.pdf. So, I know it's there. I just don't know how to get mthelp to return the right documentation.

I recall installing MikTeX and saying "yes" to some option to include all language specifications. I'm thinking, now, that this was a mistake.

UPDATE2: mthelp lshort returns a Russian document :(

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Hi brianjd, you can and should use backticks ('`') for paths. Then you also don't need to escape the backslashes. – Martin Scharrer Feb 23 '11 at 19:55
@Martin: thank you. Got it now :) – lowndrul Feb 24 '11 at 0:43
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Interesting side effect of a complete miktex installation and another argument for a basic installation with following on-the-fly installation of missing packages.

As far as I can see the only way to solve the problem is to deinstall some package with the package manager: The russian lshort is in lshort-russian, the italian amsldoc in italian-doc, and the polish graphics is probably the graphics.html in polish-doc.

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thank you. I uninstalled italian-doc. A later call to mthelp amsldoc returned and displayed the desired English file --- even though mthelp --list-only amsldoc seemed to not know about it back when italian-doc was still installed. – lowndrul Feb 24 '11 at 18:06

Not exactly the solution you're looking for, but mthelp --list-only graphicx will open a browser window, showing an HTML listing of all versions of documentations (including example code etc if any) of graphicx. You can then click on the specific file you want to open.

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thanks for the reply. This command is very useful. However the way it works for me isn't quite the same as you described. mthelp --list-only graphicx returns the list of documentation in the command window but does not open a browser window showing the HTML listing as you described. That's Ok. I can just scroll to the file of interest and then navigate to the file on my hard drive on my own. Would certainly be nicer if it open a browser though! – lowndrul Feb 24 '11 at 17:49
There's another little problem with this approach. As mentioned above with mthelp --list-only graphicx I can at least see the desired English manual printed in the console and then navigate to it on my hard drive. However, mthelp --list-only amsldoc only prints the location of the Italian version. It never prints the location of the desired English version, which is located at C:\Program Files\MiKTeX\2.8\doc\latex\ams\math\amsldoc.pdf. Frustrating. I wonder how many other packages are like this :( – lowndrul Feb 24 '11 at 17:54
mthelp --list-only will list the files in the command window. mthelp will open a browser window if the package documentation contains more than one file (example: hyperref), if there is only one file it will open it directly. mthelp --view opens the "main" file. But this applies only to the files belonging together to one package. If a name matches more than one package (e.g. if you have local and a global version of hyperref) mthelp will consider only the first package it finds. That was a problem when a lot packages called their docu "guide", but today there are only few cases left. – Ulrike Fischer Feb 24 '11 at 18:20
@brianjd Hmm browser windows opened for me; but that was an older version of MikTeX, and I haven't been using MikTeX on a windows box recently, so I'm sorry I didn't give the most recent info. ;-) – LianTze Lim Feb 27 '11 at 6:52

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