[tex-live] ./install-tl fails on PowerPC 64-bit Linux

tex at neoamsterdam.net tex at neoamsterdam.net
Thu Sep 4 08:31:08 CEST 2008

I usually wouldn't bother you (plural) with a failed install, but seeing how recent TeX 
Live 2008 is, I figured you might be interested.

I was trying to install TeX Live 2008 on my Quad G5 running Yellow Dog linux 6.  
`./install-tl' seems to have a conniption about 64-bit PowerPC Linux, as the following 

	[root at localhost install-tl]# ./install-tl -v
	TeXLive::TLUtils::setup_programs failed at tlpkg/TeXLive/TLUtils.pm line 1042.
	./tlpkg/installer/lzma/lzmadec.powerpc64-linux --help failed (status 32512): No 
such file or directory
	Output is:
	Can't exec "./tlpkg/installer/lzma/lzmadec.powerpc64-linux": No such file or 
directory at tlpkg/TeXLive/TLUtils.pm line 1045.
	Couldn't set up the necessary programs.
	Cannot continue with installation.
	Please report to texlive at tug.org.

I suspect that the same does not happen under OS X since neither Tiger nor Leopard truly 
supports 64-bit PowerPC in the first place.

This snag aside, please convey my thanks to all who have kept TeX Live the definitive 
resource for one-stop package installation for so long.

	- NeoAmsterdam

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