[tex-live] porting a TeXLive-Installation to another PC

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Tue Nov 25 01:38:37 CET 2008

Siep Kroonenberg writes:
 > On Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 01:49:23AM +0100, Reinhard Kotucha wrote:
 >> I think that copying an installed system and ask people to run Siep's
 >> script is the easiest way in this case.
 > This script was intended as a proof-of-concept script to give users
 > on a LAN access to a pre-installed system to which they didn't have
 > write access.
 > It would probably work, but please review the code first: do you
 > want a file association tying psview to .[e]ps, are you going to use
 > xetex, what manuals deserve menu shortcuts? And, most importantly,
 > add a shortcut to tlmgr and make sure it works.
 > Also, how important is it really that the system is up to date? You
 > could just give them the DVD as-is, and most people would be happy
 > with it.

Since Andreas had been quite delighted about the koma-script update, I
assume that he wants to use the new version.  But I fully agree with
you that it's usually not necessary to use the latest stuff.

There is a lot of stuff in TeX Live which is not needed in this
particular case: Support for exotic languages, cm-super, and so on.  I
also think that if LaTeX is learned at school, none of the pupils will
investigate Context.

If you install a customized version of TeX Live on your local machine
and then create a ZIP file containing the whole tree, it will probably
fit on a CD.  A CD is cheaper than a DVD.  This helps the German
government to save money.  They are currently in shortage of money.
The magic formula is not to invest into education.  Yes, a lot of
money can be saved, but....

Siep, IMO your script is very useful.  Maybe feedback from users can
help to improve it, if necessary at all.  Unfortunately it's hidden in
the doc tree and my poriferous brain is unable to remember the name of
the script or its location.  It would be nice if your script could be
more eye-catching.

It would be nice if more poeple are aware of it.  It's definitely a
good thing.


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