[tex-live] How many current TeX Live users are there?

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at gmail.com
Tue Apr 5 10:39:49 CEST 2011

2011/4/5 Robin Fairbairns <Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk>:
> Pander <pander at users.sourceforge.net> wrote:
>> Does anyone know how many TeX Live users are out there?
> dunno
>> It would be difficult to combine the download statistics from all
>> mirrors I assume or are these available (e.g. downloads per year).
> such a measure is bound to over-report: changes of isp and changes of
> address within the same isp for desktops, laptops downloading from
> different locations, mirrors sucking from master sites[*] could all
> cause it.
> and then there's the simple tedium of writing a script that analyses it
> all; there are thousands of downloads in my ftp, rsync and http logs
> combined.
> finally, there's the business of collecting these reports from everyone
> who offers tex live for download (which is probably the worst part...).
> i don't think it's a goer, to be honest.
Moreover, universities often provide network installation where one
texmf tree is shared over NFS and Samba and they provide private
mirror for their employees and students or just migrate the installe
TeX Live to other computers. thus the number obtained can never be

> robin

Zdeněk Wagner

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