[tex-live] TeX-Live Windows Vista installation

George N. White III gnwiii at gmail.com
Sun Apr 19 18:37:48 CEST 2009

On Sat, Apr 18, 2009 at 8:40 PM, Karl Berry <karl at freefriends.org> wrote:

> Hi Mathieu,
>    Maybe it could be possible for install-tl and/or tlmgr to retry a
>    download a second time if decompression failed because of a bad
>    download
> I actually thought we already did that.  Certainly the wget retries
> several times.

For the sake of consistency, all the packages have to be downloaded
from the same mirror.   Wget retries may help if you run into a transient
network problem, but not if mirror does down, or (what seems more
common) is blocked by shaping policies.

>    continuing and leaving with a broken installation.
> That's not supposed to happen.  I know there are checks to see if the
> tar x failed, and then it's supposed to "unwind" back to the previous
> state.

That seems to work when updating, but for a failed install the "previous
state" isn't much use.

> Sorry, I don't know what to suggest.

1.  pick a time when the network is not heavily used

2.  choose a mirror manually

3.  create a local TL mirror, either by downloading an archive,
rsync, or a tool designed for mirroring.   This may require leaving the
mirroring program running overnight.

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

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