[tex-live] ctan->tl updates caught up

Philip TAYLOR P.Taylor at rhul.ac.uk
Fri Aug 3 10:06:06 CEST 2012

Reinhard Kotucha wrote:

> Honestly, if it's necessary to re-boot the system whenever a file
> cannot be written due to braindead file system, then the operating
> should initialise the re-boot automatically.

The user may not want his or her system re-booted at that
particular moment in time; that is why it must be an option.
And it is not "whenever a file ..."; it is "whenever one or
more files ...", otherwise the process could take forever
(or longer).

> Phil, do you really believe that all the deficiencies of Windows can
> be solved by re-booting the system?

Perhaps if you could enumerate "all of the deficiences" of Windows
I might be better placed to answer the question; I use Windows,
by choice, all day, every day, and although there are one or two
minor quibbles, in general it offers me a first-class service.

> Why, on earth, should one re-boot at all if the contents of a file is
> the same before and after a re-boot?

If they are the same before and after then the file has not
been updated and no re-boot is needed.

> If a re-boot helps at all, it means that Windows itself is unstable.

Do you understand the word "unstable", Reinhard ?  It has no
connection with what we are discussing.  "Unstable" implies that
the system crashes for no discernible reason.

> As I said before, personal opinions are not helpful, what we need
> are technical solutions.

If personal opinions are not helpful, then you are at liberty
not to offer them.  Just as you are at liberty to refrain from
using the word "smartarse" in two consecutive messages without
any attempt to explain or justify your usage.

One final point : are you aware that the TeX Live installer is the
/only/ installer to encounter this problem; all other Windows
installes quite happily co-exist with the wide range of anti-
virus programs that are in use, and queue an optional re-boot
if and when needed.  If every other Windows installer in the
world can manage this, does this not lead you to believe that
the problem may lay in the TeX Live installer rather than in
the anti-virus program and/or in Microsoft Windows ?

** Phil.
MIL-05991/237/2012-B : Any loss of data or other computer malfunction
resulting directly or indirectly from the use of Linux will be regarded
as a self-inflicted injury and treated accordingly.  Users of Mac OS/X
will be assumed to be insane.  You have been warned ...

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