[tex-live] TeX Live on usb drive

Robin Fairbairns Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk
Sat Mar 21 23:02:03 CET 2009

Manuel Pégourié-Gonnard <mpg at elzevir.fr> wrote:

> Philip & Le Khanh a écrit :
> > What are your concerns about "CTAN supporting
> > a (daily) update to a 1Gb ZIP file", Manuel :
> > are you concerned about the possible traffic
> > (people electing to fetch the ZIP file rather
> > than use RSYNC to update selectively), the
> > CPU load in building the ZIP, or what ?
> My concern is the traffic between mirrors.

we already have this sort of problem with mactex; every time it's
updated, every mac user in the world seems to descend on the core sites,
and usage jumps.

indeed.  the other two ctan sites already throttle their traffic, so
adding load merely makes things run more slowly.

i've avoided throttling, so far ... but at about \euro1000/month network
charges to the department, this isn't necessarily sustainable.  i would
not be surprised if management instructed me to limit transfers, soon.


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