[tex-live] Not so good experience with TL net install on windows.

George N. White III gnwiii at gmail.com
Sun Aug 24 12:00:54 CEST 2008

On Sun, Aug 24, 2008 at 6:34 AM, Bruno Piguet <bpiguet at teaser.fr> wrote:

> Thanks for your help.
>  I've just tried the same full installation, on the very same same
> machine, running mandriva 2008.1 (as a standard user), It just needed a
> few hours less (11h instead of 13, I don't think the difference is
> significant), and completed OK.
>  So, the time is due to my configuration.
>  Regarding the virtual memory problem, I'm going to switch to windows,
> and have another try without "old" TL2007 environnement variables (As
> Phil suggested).

If the main goal is just to get TL2008 on windows, you can add Win32
to the linux installation and then copy the whole tree over to the
windows partition.   You will have to adjust the PATH on Windows.
I've done that -- after an update I got a couple desktop icons, one
for finishing the updates and another one I never use.

>  Anyway, when the time will come to do real installations, I think I'll
> stick to DVD images, or a local mirror (wget and/or rsync).

Yes, In my opinion, the network installer is really best suited to sites
with a local mirror of the TL archives.   MiKTeX, debian, and Fedora
have had a lot more time to work on their package managers and I
still have problems getting stuck on a very slow mirror or with aborted
transfers.  Fedora will keep trying other mirrors until it finds one that
works or runs out of sites to try.  MiKTeX only tries one site, and makes
you start over if that one isn't working.   Clearly it is not easy to make
a robust network installer.

George N. White III <aa056 at chebucto.ns.ca>
Head of St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia

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