8.9 Using cygwin latex on Windows

## 8.9 Using cygwin latex on Windows

If you have cygwin on your Windows computer and wish to use the cygwin installation of Latex (rather than MikTeX or texlive), create a small text file called ipe.conf and place it in the top-level Ipe directory (that is, the directory that contains readme.txt and gpl.txt). The contents of the file should be:

```IPETEXFORMAT=1
IPELATEXPATH=c:\cygwin\bin
```
(You'll need to check the exact path containing your cygwin binaries. On 64 bit cygwin, it's probably `c:\cygwin64\bin`.)

You can define any other environment variable in the same file.

You need the cygwin packages texlive-collection-latex and texlive-collection-latexrecommended.

Note that it's not necessary to add the cygwin path to your general Windows path.