[tex-live] TeX Live on usb drive

Philip TAYLOR Philip-and-LeKhanh at Royal-Tunbridge-Wells.Org
Thu Mar 19 18:30:59 CET 2009

Manuel Pégourié-Gonnard wrote:

 >> To address Robin's specific points :
 >> The ZIP file is 1,144,109,883 bytes;
 >> the total size of the files after unzipping is 1,152,522,701 bytes.
 > But you could not measure the amount of CPU used for this.

No, nor did Robin suggest that it was CPU usage
that concerned him; he specifically referred to
the file size increasing as a result of zipping.

But I would genuinely have thought that he (and
Cambridge) would have preferred one 1Gb transfer
to 5890 piddly little ones.  What is the (CPU or
otherwise) overhead of 5890 FTP transfers compared
to one ?

 > Anyway, directing everyone wanting to install TL to the Cambridge node is
 > certainly not a good idea; that's obviously the whole point of mirroring. And
 > you cannot expect every mirror admin to run on on-the-fly zipping.

I did not suggest that even in passing; I merely told
Jerónimo how I had tested my hypothesis that on-the-
fly zipping might be possible.  I don't think any
reasonable person would have expected him (or anyone
else) to use "ftp.tex.ac.uk" just because I cited it
as an example.  Should we all start using "Ctan.Example.Org"
in future correspondence ?

** Phil.

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