[tex-live] TeX Live on usb drive

Manuel Pégourié-Gonnard mpg at elzevir.fr
Thu Mar 19 16:10:11 CET 2009

cetex at didaskalikos.org a écrit :
> I downloaded it, except 9 files protected with password.

??? Very strange. No file is meant to be password-protected here.

> The download is
> not very easy. Not all the mirrors admit the recursive (to forward)
> download and I had problems when the server tried to download also the
> "images" directory. Only a ftp client is capable, not wget.
The images directory is not under tlnet/2008. Probably something went wrong with
the recursion and you ended up dowloading stuff outside tlnet.

> The installation begins well, but if you want to install the complete
> system, it stops at package "biblist" (one of these protected with
> password and then not downloaded).

Which mirror did you use? There is probably something wrong with it. Or your ftp
client tried too many connexions at one time and the mirror has a limit for
anonymous connexions.

> The DVD is very big (I want distribute only a 2 Gb usb-drive) and I
> cannot imagine which part to delete.
Under bin, you can delete every architecture you won't use. Besides that, I
don't think there is anything easy to delete.

> P.S.: My suggestion on facilitate the distribution was not superfluous,
> I suppose.

Well, the problem is more the facilitate the download. In an ideal world with
unlimited ressource, is would be possible to provide a big zip which you could
just download on unzip on you USB key. But it would mean another 1.1G file on
the CTAN (changing daily), just to solve the problem with your download tools
and the drastic rules of your local network, and I doubt the CTANers want that.


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