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

Robin Fairbairns Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk
Wed Mar 25 15:25:27 CET 2009

Marc Herbert <Marc.Herbert at gmail.com> wrote:

> Robin Fairbairns a écrit :
> > so you _don't_ want to use the dvds, but rather a reduced subset?
> Who is actually using the entirety of the software on the DVD?


> > people _do_ download things like those dvd images from ctan, both via
> > ftp and via http.
> I for sure could write a script to have each host download the entire
> ISO image, loopback-mount it and install the few packages I want. Huge
> waste of time and of (CTAN!) bandwidth.

localised bandwidth.  mine is the only ctan node which doesn't have a
mirror in its own country -- anyone in the uk who goes to

other national domains get spread out.
> > i'm not sure i understand the problem (i can guess
> > it's because of rules local to the target systems, but i don't really
> > understand).
> One of the problem I was describing is that:
>    install-tl  -location  http://my.server/expanded-ISO-image/
> does not work, as documented in the help of "-location" (confirm?).

pass.  i don't even run tl 2008, i just make it available.

my interest in all this is to ensure that no-one is persuaded to take me
over my bandwidth limits (again).

> Using a NFS/SMB mount seems like a workaround.

world wide?  not something i would want to be involved in (ctan shut
down all nfs access an age ago, having analysed the feeble security


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