[tex-live] The suggestions (from tex-d-l) (Re: Comment on Re: TeXLive-CD/DVD (Installation))

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at gmail.com
Wed May 23 15:05:49 CEST 2007

2007/5/23, Oliver Bandel <oliver at first.in-berlin.de>:
> On Wed, May 23, 2007 at 12:47:19PM +0100, Sebastian Rahtz wrote:
> > I do wonder whether all this is worth the effort. I know
> > 4 hours is horribly slow, but you only do it once a year.
> > Of course, if its easy to rewrite the install scripts
> > to be more efficient, that's great, but not if it
> > takes weeks of work.
> ...
I still cannot understand WHY it takes such a long time on someone's
computer. I installed TL2007 from an image on HD, but TL2005 from DVD,
on my 3 years old notebook ASUS, 1.6 GHz, 512 MB RAM with Fedora Core
2, and x86_64 dual core, 3.4 GHz, 4 GB RAM woth CentOS 4.3. Copying
files from DVD to HD took about half an hour on both computers (the
DVD-RW drive is LG on both), the post installation step on the
notebook took about 10 minutes but less that 5 seconds on x86_64,
everything was probably in cache. I monitored memory consumptions on
x86_64. I do not remember exact figures but it started somewhere
slightly above 200 MB and grew to something above 1 GB at the end of

Zdeněk Wagner

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