[OS X TeX] Installing MacTeX 2010 without Admin Access

Jeremy Conlin jlconlin at gmail.com
Tue Oct 26 21:22:42 CEST 2010

On Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 11:49 AM, Alan T Litchfield
<alan at alphabyte.co.nz> wrote:
> On 26/10/2010, at 9:28 PM, Peter Dyballa wrote:
>> Am 26.10.2010 um 05:10 schrieb Jeremy Conlin:
>>> Does TeX Live Utility work when TeX Live isn't installed in /usr/local?
>> It seems so! Adam Maxwell recently explained a few details. One of them
>> was how TLU *determines* the root of the TeX Live installation – and since
>> this location is not hard-coded TLU should work with TeX Live installed
>> anywhere.
> Yes, I have done it before. So unless things gave changed a lot in the
> couple of years, installing in the user's home directly ought to be
> feasible.
> Quick look. Perhaps in install-tl changing the defaults or maybe installing
> it as a portable option?

So I tried using the install-tl script to install TeX Live, but got an
error (copied below) when I ran it.  I have set my http_proxy
environment variable as

export http_proxy=localproxy.company.com

I don't know if this is a problem where I don't have permissions to
save to the temporary file location or if something else is wrong.  I
have also tried using the repository option to no avail.

Any ideas?


$ ./install-tl
cannot contact mirror.ctan.org, returning a backbone server!
Installing TeX Live 2010 from:
Platform: universal-darwin => 'universal binaries for MacOSX/Darwin'
Distribution: net  (downloading)
Using URL: http://dante.ctan.org/tex-archive/systems/texlive/tlnet
Directory for temporary files:
Loading http://dante.ctan.org/tex-archive/systems/texlive/tlnet/tlpkg/texlive.tlpdb
./install-tl: Could not load TeX Live Database from
http://dante.ctan.org/tex-archive/systems/texlive/tlnet, goodbye.

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