[tex-live] TeX Live on usb drive

Ulrike Fischer news3 at nililand.de
Mon Mar 16 11:46:51 CET 2009

Am Sun, 15 Mar 2009 10:57:41 +0100 schrieb cetex at didaskalikos.org:

> Hi,
> my name is Jerónimo Leal. I'm member of GUiT (Italian TeX group) and 
> coordinator of GrUT (Gruppo romano di utilizzatori di TeX/LaTeX). I 
> recently gave the 6th Course of Critical edition with TeX/LaTeX and I 
> have a little problem. There are students that came to the course with a 
> netbook (that is, without DVD reader), and this is always more frequent. 
> I was wondering if it is possible to translate the contens of the DVD on 
> a usb driver to facilitate the installation on the hard disk. I tried to 
> copy them, but this doesn't work. I searched in the net, but I only get 
> a system that run on the usb-drive. I ask you: is it possible for the 
> TUG team to prepare an installation system for usb-drive? I think that 
> this is the future and, I hope, simple. (And I can't imagine how to do 
> this). The others distributions don't do this yet. 

To install a basic miktex from an usb: download
basic-miktex-.....exe and run it. 

To install a complete miktex from an usb: use the net installer with
the options --download-only and --local-package-repository=dir to
move all packages in a folder on the usb. Or if you have a dvd with
a CTAN simply copy all the miktex packages. Then use this folder as
local repository. 

I'm rather sure that this is all possible with TeXLive too. 

Ulrike Fischer 

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