[tex-live] install-tl with network location, but without sneaky updates?

Lars Madsen daleif at imf.au.dk
Tue Mar 24 17:31:14 CET 2009

Marc Herbert wrote:
>>>  My goal is simple: perform multiple network installations (for 
>>> multiple hosts), strictly identical to each other (Ideally all should 
>>> be 2008-release).
>> install it on one server, and the copy it to the others, that would 
>> save a lot of time
> Hi Lars, and thanks for answering.
>  The problem with the solution you suggest is that... it requires a 
> server. Moreover, since my hosts are scattered across the world, this 
> server would need to be world-wide accessible. I am precisely trying to 
> avoid hosting such a "TeX Live installation server". I am trying to just 
> re-use the great CTAN network of mirrors (to perform _identical_ TeX 
> Live installations).
> What is disappointing is that "install-tl" seems to fall very slightly 
> short of offering this feature. All the code and infrastructure is 
> there, except for the sneaky updates. If you compare with Linux 
> distributions for instance, they all make a clear separation between 
> released software and software updates, letting the end user easily flip 
> between the two.
> So no other way really?
> Cheers,
> Marc

what exactly is "sneaky updates"?

why can't you run install-tl on each system

could you please explain in a bit more details what it is you want to do 
because I do not understand your question.

run install-tl on each system (or copy from a central installation) to 
install on each system, and then run tlmgr to update on each



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