[tex-live] last minute

Manfred Lotz manfred at dante.de
Tue Sep 23 05:27:24 CEST 2003

On Monday 22 September 2003 21:48, Kaja P. Christiansen wrote:
> Volker RW Schaa writes:
>  > PS: Manfred and I spent at least 6 hours yesterday to copy and test the
>  > DVD iso images on a windows machine.
>  >     don't even think of asking for a report what happened!
> Didn't sound good to me, so I decided to test the DVD under Solaris.

The problem wasn't TeXLive or CTAN related. 

Because the final DVD iso-image is around 6 GB I had to split the first draft 
iso image into 4 files. I spread those files over 2 DVDs.

The problem was that the HD Volker used for copying the iso image parts onto 
was an external HD connected with USB2. His Win XP (service pack free) didn't 
support USB2... It had a FAT32 which had to be upgraded to NTFS because FAT32 
can only hold files up to 4GB. 3 hours later after having enjoyed Win XP blue 
screens and crashes we gave up. I took his HD home using my PC. I have a 
Windows 2K for testing purposes (yes, it is paid) , also service  pack free. 
The copy action took now almost 2 hours. In the meanwhile I discovered that 
for Win2k or Win XP to support USB2.0 service packs are required.  Having 
finished the copy of the iso image to the external HD I installed service 
pack 4 for Win2K and a new copy of the iso image took only around 12 minutes 
or so.

Hope this detailed explanation helps to relax :-) 

BTW: The DVD iso image itself is in a good shape. Installation of TeXLive was 
fine and teh CTAN tree looks good as well.


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