[tex-live] TeX Live on usb drive

Robin Fairbairns Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk
Thu Mar 19 17:21:49 CET 2009

Philip TAYLOR (Ret'd) <Chaa006 at Gmail.Com> wrote:

> > What about on-the-fly ZIP compression : is that feasible ?

unfortunately, since most of tex live is lzma compressed (this year),
zipping it will in general *increase* its size.

> OK, I FTP'd to ftp.tex.ac.uk, logged in as "anonymous",
> and was told (amongst other things) that on-the-fly
> zip compression was indeed available; it even gave
> an example, using the "Rotating" package.  So, armed
> with that information, I did the following :
> 	cd tex-archive
> 	cd systems
> 	cd texlive
> 	bin
> 	hash
> 	get 2008.zip
> All seems to be progressing nicely.  I will report
> back further when the transfer has completed.

this is plainly a ridiculous thing to do.  ftp.tex.ac.uk is the only one
of the ctan sites that does this sort of thing on the fly.  i shall
suppress it on my site, for the systems/texlive directories, forthwith.


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