I'd like to use Tex2img. As an option it creates svg output, but it appears to be looking for platex.exe (Japanese, not Polish) to do this.

When I installed Tex Live I chose a "medium" installation. platex.exe does not exist (nor does uplatex.exe). It's not obvious which package in the Tex Live Manager I need. Which package do I need?

or: how can I install platex.exe?

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You can use tlmgr info to see which package

I get

 tlmgr info ptex
package:     ptex
category:    Package
shortdesc:   A TeX system for publishing in Japanese
longdesc:    PTeX adds features related to vertical writing, and deals with other problems in typesetting Japanese. A set of additions to a TEXMF tree, for use with PTeX, may be found in package PTeX-texmf. PTeX is distributed as WEB change files.
installed:   Yes
revision:    46954
sizes:       doc: 89k, bin: 3653k
relocatable: No
cat-date:    2018-01-06 12:14:59 +0100
cat-license: other-free
cat-topics:  engine japanese
collection:  collection-langjapanese

So you could install the ptex and platex packages or the whole of collection-langjapanese

  • Thank you. However, I had looked for a package called "ptex" using the GUI Tex Live Manager, but the GUI manager does not display a package with that name. But typing "tlmgr install ptex" installs something. But there is still no platex.exe on my system. This is not a critical issue for me, so I don't want to waste anyone's time.
    – garyp
    Mar 28, 2018 at 21:08
  • @garyp The question here seems to be derived from tex.stackexchange.com/questions/323682/… ; I added a comment there, please refer to it (it’s off-topic there, so we should proceed here) Mar 30, 2018 at 12:10
  • I started this thread because that thread was specifically about TeXnicenter, but my question is focused on Tex2Img. I'm not sure where to continue! Perhaps both, but if I get to a specific working answer, I will post it here.
    – garyp
    Mar 30, 2018 at 19:34
  • @garyp I have never used ptex (except in tests) or tex2img so I have answered all I can, sorry. If you want Hironobu to see your comment you would need to @ ping Mar 30, 2018 at 20:09
  • Whoops. I forgot to ping @HironobuYAMASHITA Thanks for pointing it out.
    – garyp
    Mar 31, 2018 at 1:05

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