[tex-live] TL2008 installer

George N. White III gnwiii at gmail.com
Mon Jun 16 23:04:25 CEST 2008

On Mon, Jun 16, 2008 at 11:58 AM, Thomas A. Schmitz
<thomas.schmitz at uni-bonn.de> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm currently test-driving tl2008 and like the new installer; it's great. I
> have two questions/suggestions:
> 1. Would it be possible to have a more prominent warning when the installer
> is run without root privileges. I imagine that most users want to install
> into system directories, so if they forget to run as su or with sudo, would
> it make sense to have a dialog "Insufficient privileges to write to system
> directories. Really continue?" and only proceed if the user confirms?

TL can be installed with regular user privileges by setting permission
on the top-level
directory.  As long as TL continues to install under a top-level
directory, it should
be enough to check that the top level directory can be written by the
current user.

> 2. Is it possible to add a --resume option to the installer script? When I
> installed on Sunday, the download broke off twice at some point; the second
> time at package "xecyr." I was a bit disappointed to see that it would just
> restart from scratch, dowloading everything again.

I had the same problem.  Can the -profile option be used to resume an
interrupted installation?   It may be appropriate to modify


which has "tries = 2", although the comments suggest a default of tries=20.

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

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