[tex-live] Running Live - no access to C drive

Siep Kroonenberg siepo at cybercomm.nl
Mon Mar 5 10:33:50 CET 2007

On Sun, Mar 04, 2007 at 05:35:42PM -0800, poti giannakouros wrote:
> Dima <dmitrij.ledkov at gmail.com> wrote: 
> As far as I understand now:
> 1) it is possible to avoid using C drive during initial small preference installation to run Tex Live of DVD
> 2) In order to do this you need to generate those preference/must have files first and put them somewhere the DVD can access it ie the DVD itself or flash drive or like network drive 
> If 1 and 2 are right can someone please explain in detail step/by step how to achieve this. And is there a simple procedure to do that (ie some exe program which will do all of that)???? BTW i know nothing about emacs. 
> If you have a computer on which you have write access to the C drive, and if 
>  your are using A4 paper, you can reproduce what I did by: 
>  1) running setuptl/tlpmgui.exe and selecting the 'run from DVD' tab. 
>  2) Then copy texmf-var  to your media
>  3)  set the environment 
>  variables as Siep said:
>  via Settings / 
> Control Panel System / Advanced tab / Environment variables.
>  4) The variables in capital letters in my emacs startup file are the environment variables you need to set. 
>  5) The paths starting with D: or C: are the paths you need to set. Of course, use only a single backslash (\) and set the path and drive letter according to the setup you will be using. 
>  I may be wrong about the TEXMFVAR variable, as tlmpgui.exe seemed to imply "texmf-var" rather than "D:\texmf-var." 
>  Unless you know enough DOS to find some way to set the variables automatically each time, (I could not do it with autorun.inf)  you will have to do so each time by hand. 

I could probably come up with some script that would take care of all
required settings and detect the right drive letters automatically.
It may take a few days.

Siep Kroonenberg

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