[tex-live] temp *.lmza files during installation -- running out of [temp] disk space

George N. White III gnwiii at gmail.com
Mon Mar 23 17:47:49 CET 2009

On Mon, Mar 23, 2009 at 1:03 PM, Harald Koenig
<koenig at tat.physik.uni-tuebingen.de> wrote:

> On Mar 23, Norbert Preining wrote:
>> >      /usr/local/texlive/2008/temp/
>> That is to make re-installation if something breaks faster. Today disk
>> space is less critical than net bandwidth, so users asked for re-usal of
>> already downloaded packages in case an installation broke down (due to
>> network errors or whatever).
> a) maybe for network installs (but you know today network bandwidth... ;-)
> for installation from DVD/CD that's not so much true -- and yes,
> disk space is still an issue e.g. on older PCs, PCs for schoolers,
> PCs in africa etc. and esp. "my PC" ;)

It is true that by investing more effort it would be possible to make
an installer that works on small machines, but there are other
places where that effort can be put to good use, such as native
packages (.deb, .rpm) for linux distros.   Them as does the work
get to choose the priorities, and those choices are influenced by
the background and experience of the individuals.

There are a number of ways to get TL2008 onto small machines
(e.g., using an external USB disk, cloning an install done on a
larger machine) that don't require using the installer.

George N. White III <aa056 at chebucto.ns.ca>
Head of St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia

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