[texhax] does TexLive mess with hard drive or any other part
Christopher W. Ryan
cryan at binghamton.edu
Tue Jan 10 01:02:05 CET 2006
Thanks for the info.
Reason I ask is I am wondering whether my kids could use the TexLive DVD
on computers at school. They are Windows boxes, win2000 I think, with
DVD drives. School would frown on any software that altered their
configuration, of course.
I'm not sure, but I think each child has a directory on the network
server in which to store their data files: H:\susie, or whatever. Do
you think that TexLive could use that directory for the .fmt files, etc?
Or does it have to be the C:\ that is the physical hard drive in the
particular computer? And are those files executables that could be
I will, of course, discuss this with the computer people at school.
Simplest solution, I know, is to persuade them to install Tex
network-wide. No reason not to install it, except fear of the unknown
and institutional inertia.
Christopher W. Ryan, MD
SUNY Upstate Medical University Clinical Campus at Binghamton
and Wilson Family Practice Residency, Johnson City, NY
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Karl Berry wrote:
> If I use the TexLive DVD in live, noninstalled mode, is anything on the
> computer's hard drive, or on any network that the computer might
> connected to, modified in any way?
> Unfortunately, even in live mode, TL requires a writable directory on
> local disk to store (at least) the .fmt files. Also generated fonts
> and other files, but the .fmt's are the only thing which are absolutely
> It would be theoretically possible to include fmt's in the distribution,
> but so far, we never have.
> As for the network, TeX and friends don't know how to make network
> connections (by default, anyway).
> Is TexLive completely "isolated"
> from the rest of the system?
> I wish it was the case.
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