[tex-live] Installing latest TeX Live on Ubuntu

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at gmail.com
Tue Feb 28 00:31:16 CET 2012

2012/2/27 Axel E. Retif <axel.retif at mac.com>:
> On 02/27/2012 05:27 AM, Zdenek Wagner wrote:
>> Now with LVM the partition can be enlarged if you can get some space
>> by making another partition smaller. I did it on some of my computers.
> On 02/27/2012 05:29 AM, Lars Madsen wrote:
>> I just keep /opt as a separate partition (fairly large), and then
>> install TL in /opt/texlive
> Thank you both for your advices! That's presently beyond my knowledge and
> abilities to tamper with my working machine, but when I have the time I'll
> install Debian in a second HD on my old Mac G5, and I will experiment with
> all these.
Remember that LVM is an install-time choice. You cannot add LVM later,
you would have to format the disk. Although resizing without the loss
of data is possible, you should not do it frequently, it may be a
lengthy operation (it took 4 hours on one of my computers). You should
first read something about LVM. Using separate partition is important
so that it survives linux upgrade. During upgrade you do not format
/home but format / and /boot. You need another partition that should
survive. It does not matter whether you put TL under /opt or
/usr/local or whether you use a special partition mounted as /texlive.
When performing manual partitioning, Linux offers you to mount the
partition at /opt or at /usr/local (among others). You can also enter
any mount point. I have partitions with such nonstandard mount points
on some of my computers but I have good reasons for them. and before
doing it I spent a few days by studying the LVM manuals in detail.
> Thank you again.
> Axel

Zdeněk Wagner

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