[tex-live] Sharing installation over Lan

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at gmail.com
Sun Feb 1 11:43:57 CET 2009

2009/2/1 Marco Pallante <marco.pallante at gmail.com>:
> Thank you very much for your answers. On monday, I'm doing what Karl
> says. The NAS drive is fully writeable and on a NTFS filesystem. It's
> mounted under the Windows host and shared with the Linux guest of
> the VM; I can tell for sure I've a full access to it from Linux.
> Thank you again, I'm giving you some feedback as soon as I try.
I am not sure whether you can "chmod +x" on an NTFS filesystem so that
unix systems recognize the files as executables. However, I see
another solution. Create a directory
/usr/local/texlive/2008/texmf-dist/bin/PATH where PATH is i386 or
x86_64 depending upon your platform and copy the executalbe files
there as advised in one of the previous mails. Afterwards symlink all
remaining directories from texmf-dist from your NAS drive. You should
also make symlinks /usr/local/texlive/2008/texmf,
/usr/local/texlive/2008/texmf-var, /usr/local/texlive/texmf-local.
Executables will find their absolute paths which will be a real
directory on your linux machine. They will then find the root of TL
and append path elements in order to find other files. No matter that
they will be symlinks I hope this approach will work.

> Marco
> 2009/1/31 Karl Berry <karl at freefriends.org>:
>>    just adding the Linux support.
>>    ...
>>    I'm not sure on how to proceed.
>> Like Lars said but with more words :) --
>> Copy the binaries from
>> http://tug.org/texlive/Contents/live/bin/i386-linux/ (or that directory
>> on the DVD or whatever) into a new directory on your NAS drive,
>> bin/i386-linux, a new sibling to the existing bin/win32.
>> Then add /path/to/nas/drive/texlive/bin/i386-linux to your PATH when
>> running on the (GNU/)Linux VM.
>> I think that is it.  No tinkering with TEXDIR or TEXMFSYS* should be
>> needed as far as I can tell.  (Assuming the NAS drive is writable.)
>> Hope this helps.

Zdeněk Wagner

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