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

Hans Hagen pragma at wxs.nl
Tue May 22 10:03:26 CEST 2007

David Kastrup wrote:
> Seems pretty pointless if you already tested the startup times.  Then
> the only advantage would seem to be that a separate binary would put
> people at ease.  But a symbolic link with a different name would
> likely serve a similar purpose.
the symlink (or its equivalent on windows) is just a convenience trick

luatex --luaonly scriptname.lua

is doing the same

the only reason we came up with luatexlua (can be symlink or copy) is 
that it's the only way to make this 'scan the first line and run a 
program' work (#....) because when that name is used the --luaonly is 

when started as such, no tex mem is allocated because that only happens 
after kpse calls are used

when using luatex as scripting engine with access to kpse, one needs to 
start it in tex mode and load the script then; no big deal either;

in due time (i.e. when luatex is stable) we will provide examples of 
these things (and more documentation) which will be somewhere mid 2008, 
so after the next tex live;

so, for using luatex for installation purposes, it will take a couple of 
tex lives before that is feasible


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