TeX Live is designed for shared use: you can install TeX Live on a network for use on client workstations. All it takes is adding TeX Live to the searchpath.
On Windows, a bit more is expected: double-clicking a file should open it in the right program, and there should be menu shortcuts. There should also be an installer which takes care of this, and an uninstaller.
The new TeX Live Launcher is a single program that takes care of the configurations listed above, but instead of creating entries in the Start menu, it displays a window with buttons and menu entries. It gets its data, i.e. file associations, buttons, menu entries, from a standard Windows ini file.
Wth an up-to-date installation, there is probably no need to install it, since it is by default already selected if Windows binaries are going to be installed (Windows-only support programs).
The included tlaunchmode script can convert a local installation between classic mode and launcher mode.
For a non-local installation,
tlaunch admin_inst create a Start menu
shortcut and an uninstall entry. Such a command must be run on
the client system.
The CTAN package contains among others:
The old installer makes use of building blocks which are already
present in the TeX Live installation, viz. the TeX Live Perl
libraries and the built-in hidden Perl installation. It should
work with the editions of TeX Live editions from 2011 until 2015.
patchfile for the w32client perl script, contributed by Rainer
Walke, it can be made to run under the 2016 edition.
w32client.zip contains the
All changes are made for the user, not for the workstation. This implies that in a roaming profile setup the configuration is available from any computer on the network, and that the user needs no particular rights on the workstation.
Although it should work as-is, the file
some customization options:
postactionsare not defined, the script will quietly skip that package.
TeXLive::...modules directly, rather pressing
tlmgr.pl, the TeX Live Manager, into service as a library.
w32client.batnow accepts placement on a UNC path. This has not been tested with releases prior to 2013.
w32client.batis now actually included.
You can also still download zipfiles for 2013 and for 2011 and for 2010 and for 2009.
The prototype script assumes a standard directory layout:
parent---YYYY | | | +---bin---win32 | +---texmf (not for 2013 or later) | +---texmf-dist | +---texmf-config | +---texmf-var | +---tlpkg | +---texmf-local
parent | +---bin---win32 +---texmf (not for 2013 or later) +---texmf-dist +---texmf-config +---texmf-var +---tlpkg | +---texmf-local
The w32client scripts assume that they are in the root of the installation, i.e. in parent\YYYY or in parent if there is no year component.
Sticking to such default directory layouts minimizes configuration hassles: all files can be located relative to the binaries, without environment variables beyond the searchpath.
The 2013 version of w32 client scripts mostly work from a UNC path. However, when double-clicking the batchfile you will get a warning such as
'\\server\share' CMD.EXE was started with the above path as the current directory. UNC paths are not supported. Defaulting to Windows directory.
However, installation will proceed as intended. You can avoid
this warning by providing a shortcut to w32client.bat which
Start in: directory with a drive letter.
If a workstation already has a locally installed TeX and if its binaries are on the system path, then the locally installed TeX will be found first. This cannot be fixed by only changing the user path.
Even if the searchpath cannot be fixed generally, it can be fixed for individual shortcuts, by prepending its searchpath with the TeX Live binaries. E.g. the TeXworks shortcut will always find our TeX Live first. The installer also creates a shortcut for a command prompt with such a modified searchpath.
Windows system administrators have a rich array of tools for restricting user's rights. Check whether everything works, not just for yourself, but also for the target group.
Dviout help may be inaccessible because of restrictive internet
permissions. Users can copy TeX Live
\tlpkg\dviout\dvioute.chm to their local
harddisk and open this copy, or you can ask the sysadmin to do
something about it.
Windows does not include every piece of user configuration in the roaming profile. In particular, file associations are only stored on the workstation itself. Possible workarounds:
$do_xetex_fontcacheis set to 0 (the default), this will only take seconds.
If different clients have different fonts, you may consider
letting users have individual font caches. See the
in the zipfile for details. Be aware that generating a font cache
can be a time-consuming process. If you specify the generation of
a per-user font cache while XeTeX is not installed, this action
will be quietly skipped.
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2016, 2017 Siep Kroonenberg
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Last revised on Febrary 3 2017