[tex-live] TL-Announce ?

Robin Fairbairns Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk
Thu Sep 4 18:33:56 CEST 2008

Philip TAYLOR <P.Taylor at rhul.ac.uk> wrote:

Philip TAYLOR <P.Taylor at rhul.ac.uk> wrote:

> Dear Colleagues -- Is there a (presumably low-volume)
> TL-Announce list on which changes to the TeX Live kit
> at CTAN is announced ?  I would like to ensure that my
> local (Rsync'd) copy is kept up-to-date, but don't
> want to run Rsync unless I know there is something new
> to fetch ...

this does not compute, in my tiny brain.  istm that the purpose of a
mirror operation is to provide a moderately low-cost means of checking
whether there's something needs doing; rsync doing nothing transfers
nothing other than a file list.  for (just) the texlive tree, that's
unlikely to break any but the most parsimonious banks, i would think.

but maybe you've got a very serious bandwidth limitation?

> And an unrelated (really, CTAN) question : what is the
> recommended set of parameters to Rsync in order to keep
> a local copy up-to-date, whilst only reporting what
> has actually been modified ?  After experimenting, I am
> currently using
> 	Rsync rsync://rsync.tex.ac.uk/CTAN/systems/texlive/tlnet/2008/ . -r -t --stats -q -i

for my mirror (of the whole of ctan) to my local disc, i have

  rsync -larv --delete rsync://rsync.tex.ac.uk/CTAN/ /local/ctan/tex-archive/

which has served me well for a long time.  note the --delete, which is
important for ctan-as-a-whole (where things are for ever getting deleted
or replaced by things with different names); it probably wouldn't do
anything much for a texlive-only mirror.


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