[tex-live] TeXLive-CD/DVD (Installation)

Norbert Preining preining at logic.at
Mon May 21 21:49:00 CEST 2007

Hi Oliver,

first of all, thanks a lot for your feedback, and thanks a lot for your
proposal to help us, very much appreciated and needed.

On Mon, 21 Mai 2007, Oliver Bandel wrote:
> some days ago I installed the TeXlive-DVD for a friend.
> The installation took about 4 hours!

This is strange, and abnormal. I assume that the DMA mode for the CDROM
drive was disabled. It is true that it takes some time, but 4h is too

> I saw that the $CDROM/texlive/install-tl.sh 
> uses a lot of functions, that are used by invoking
> shells and subshells and from there calling
> tools like sed and grep and so on.

Shouldn't be a problem, this is not where time is lost. It is normally
with file access on DVD.

> I don't think that four hours installation time are acceptable.


> And I want to provide different possibilities for the installation
> procedure.
> I can offer Perl and OCaml programming.

So here we are at a quite interesting point. We, means I, am currently
reimplementing the infra structure of TeX Live, the so called tpm files.
Our primary reason was to make some strange list files obsolete, and
furthermore allow the update of single packages via the web.

I have already made a test implementation of this stuff in perl.

If you really want to contribute, something all of us will really
wholeheartly appreciate, I can get on and explain you many things. But
it is a hard business, nothing to be digested in half a day. Especially
the intestines of TeX Live are quite hacky to say the least.

Our aim is to clean this mess up, and make updates, installs, all this
easier, more streamlined etc.

Perl programming is much appreciated. Let me know, and I will get in
touch with you.

Best wishes


Dr. Norbert Preining <preining at logic.at>                    Università di Siena
Debian Developer <preining at debian.org>                         Debian TeX Group
gpg DSA: 0x09C5B094      fp: 14DF 2E6C 0307 BE6D AD76  A9C0 D2BF 4AA3 09C5 B094
GANGES (n. rare : colonial Indian)
Leg-rash contracted from playing too much polo. (It is a little-known
fact that Prince Charles is troubled by ganges down the inside of his
			--- Douglas Adams, The Meaning of Liff

More information about the tex-live mailing list