[tex-live] TeX Live 2008 testing - problems downloading

George N. White III gnwiii at gmail.com
Sat Jun 28 22:10:03 CEST 2008

On Sat, Jun 28, 2008 at 4:50 PM, George N. White III <gnwiii at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 27, 2008 at 8:06 AM, Sandy Nicholson <sandy at ambertext.co.uk> wrote:
>> Hello
>> I thought I'd try out the TeX Live 2008 test release, as I'm quite keen to
>> get up to speed with some of the newer stuff (particularly LuaTeX) before I
>> run a pilot TeX workshop in September. However, I have had problems getting
>> hold of the release. [...]
> If you are using wget you can try adjusting the tries = NN value (the first
> one I tried had tries=2) in install-tl/tlpkg/installer/wgetrc.   Curl probably
> has some similar option.
>> Incidentally, in case it's relevant, I'm doing this on an Intel Mac, and the
>> only customisation I did each time was to set the TEXMFHOME directory to
>> ~/Library/texmf (for consistency with the MacTeX 2007 distribution).

I just grabbed the latest install-tl.  wgetrc still has tries=2.  I
increased that
to tries=20 and had success (using Fedora 8 linux) with a minimal
install in just
one try (wish I had done that on Thursday!).

> There are similar problems with linux installers, but they tend to download
> all the archives first, and delete them only after a successful install.  Then
> using a downloader that skips already downloaded files, restarting will
> work, although there is still the issue of having to redo configuration
> on each restart.

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

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