I have been using TeX Live 2010 on my Windows 7 computer for some time now, without problems. Recently I decided to use the TeX Live Manager to check for updates, which were successfully installed. The next time I tried to start the Manager, I started getting the perl.exe has stopped working error. The TeX Live Installation itself is working just fine, the only problem is the TeX Live Manager. I have tried restarting the computer but it didn't help. What should I do to get it to work?
When I tried installing TeX Live 2011 over the Internet in Windows 7 64-bit (running install-tl batch file), I got the same perl.exe has stopped working error. I was thinking to install a TeX using ISO image but finally decided to try again the first method however this time before running the install-tl I installed Perl for Windows (Strawberry Perl version 184.108.40.206) from http://strawberryperl.com/ and then I run the install-tl again. And now everything was fine and I successfully installed the Tex Live 2011!
run install-tl-advanced.bat as administrator.
I've had the problem on my two laptops: one had ActivePerl installed, the other one didn't have any Perl installed so I installed Strawberry Perl on it, following Vladimir's suggestion. The error message appeared on both systems with/without Perl. Running the advanced bat file as administrator worked. I cannot say if Perl was or wasn't needed after all. But I can confirm that running as admin was necessary in my case (others report no such need).
I decided to mount my
texlive2010.iso DVD image in an attempt to see if I could do a repair or something like that. Here's what I did:
- I browsed the files on the DVD and went to
- I copied all the files in the folder,
- I then went to
C:\texlive\2010\tlpkg\tlperland deleted all the files there, after which I pasted the files copied from the corresponding directory on the DVD. I then launched TeX Live Manager and there it was - Working Perfectly!
It seems the Problem was caused by updating the internal Perl installation for TeX Live - I guess it was not properly installed or something. I'll just download the
texlive2011.iso image and do a fresh install of TeX Live 2011.
The issue is that you don't have perl installed. Following up on @Vladimir, it seems when you just click the install batch, it takes the perl GUI by default. Since you don't have that perl GUI (outdated maybe?), it give that error.
This can be fixed by running a different GUI. I recommend simple text. Go to the directory on the console, and type:
install-tl -gui text
This will use the text GUI instead of the perl one. There is also:
install-tl -gui wizard
I'm assuming it would use the windows wizard, but I never tried it. I like command-line UIs.
EDIT: made it more clear what I meant by "not having perl".
I tried both web installers as well as
.iso file. perl crashed on both of them.
Mine is Windows 7 Professional (legal copy updated till date).
I had an old
.iso of TeX Live 2012. The installation work smoothly.
It seems that there is some compatibility issues in TeX Live 2013 with Windows 7 Pro. Hope someone notices it and fixes it in the next version.