[tex-live] So far.....expensive failure

Lars Madsen daleif at imf.au.dk
Thu Feb 14 10:33:32 CET 2013

We have had good experiences wih copying the entire tlnet (the online archive that the net installer use, I rsync it to a HD copy) onto USBs and either install from there or copy the tlnet folder to HD first (Windows in not particularly fast at reading from USB)

For windows an experimental feature would be to clone TL. I have to yet unreleased scripts for that, which need testing.

/Lars Madsen
Institut for Matematik / Department of Mathematics
Aarhus Universitet / Aarhus University
Mere info: http://au.dk/daleif@imf / More information: http://au.dk/en/daleif@imf

From: tex-live [tex-live-bounces at tug.org] on behalf of simon at getthingsfixed.co.uk [simon at getthingsfixed.co.uk]
Sent: 14 February 2013 10:01
To: tex-live at tug.org
Subject: Re: [tex-live] So far.....expensive failure

Robin etc,

On Thursday 14 February 2013 07:44:18 Robin Fairbairns wrote:
> <mas at mylug.org> wrote:
> > > On 14/02/13 2:07 PM, C.M. Connelly wrote:
> > >
> > > (e) For people who suffer bandwidth limitations and low data caps.

Even if you have poor bandwidth/capping then a friend might have a good
connection. They can burn a DVD and post you one. Even if you live in a bothy
a passing shepherd can deliver your DVD.

> > In addition, sometimes I have to install on machines which will not be
> > connected the net.

See above. Either get a friend to burn a DVD for you or get an official one
from your local TUG.

> > Assuming everyone has a decent connection to the net always may not be
> > true. ISO images are a lifesaver for those situations.

Having "the official texlive ISO" for this year is a good starting point for
installation. Each distro gets known, warts and all, so support staff know
where they are.

Netinstall is very good for getting bleeding edge installs but not totally

> but, with few exceptions, a usb stick is fast enough that you get the
> job *much* faster.  (exceptions? -- the machine i'm sitting in front of
> has a broken usb [software] driver ;-)

Actually for machines like a Raspberry Pi you have to use a stick to install
cos there's no DVD drive. I copy the files from a mounted ISO or DVD to
stick. You have to concentrate slightly but it's quite easy.

> sounds to me like something one might distribute at local meetings
> ... or even direct from user groups (at cost).

This is what the UKTUG and other groups(?) do.

Simon Dales
Get Things Fixed

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