[OS X TeX] Installing MacTeX 2010 without Admin Access

Jeremy Conlin jlconlin at gmail.com
Thu Oct 28 17:13:00 CEST 2010

On Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 5:20 PM, Peter Dyballa <Peter_Dyballa at web.de> wrote:
> Am 26.10.2010 um 19:49 schrieb Alan T Litchfield:
>> Quick look. Perhaps in install-tl changing the defaults or maybe
>> installing it as a portable option?
> Once you've launched install-tl it offers you many options to change all
> defaults. The installation's root is one of the most prominent options.

Thanks to all who have helped me install TeX Live on a machine for
which I don't have admin access.  I now have it installed and I have
TeX Live Utility (TLU) pointing to my installation.  The trouble is
that I can't get tlmgr or TLU to update the packages and such. The
error messages I get are

$ tlmgr update --list
cannot contact mirror.ctan.org, returning a backbone server!
tlmgr: package repository http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/systems/texlive/tlnet
Cannot load TeX Live database from
http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/systems/texlive/tlnet at
/path/to/home/usr/local/texlive/2010/bin/universal-darwin/tlmgr line

or if I use TLU:
2010-10-28 09:08:01 -0600 Notice -[TLMOperation main][50533]	Failed
executing `/path/to/home/usr/local/texlive/2010/bin/universal-darwin/tlmgr
--machine-readable --repository
update --list --all` (error 2)

2010-10-28 09:08:01 -0600 Notice -[TLMOperation main][50533]	tlmgr:
package repository
Cannot load TeX Live database from
http://ctan.math.utah.edu/ctan/tex-archive/systems/texlive/tlnet/ at
/path/to/home/usr/local/texlive/2010/bin/universal-darwin/tlmgr line

I have tried changing the Server URL in TLU and the repository in
tlmgr with no improvement.  Any ideas on what may be wrong here?


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