[tex-live] Texlive installation on Linux

Claudio Beccari claudio.beccari at gmail.com
Tue Jan 13 16:44:12 CET 2009

Dear friends,
I was doubtful to write anything about this point; with all the 
"penguins" around the world receiving the TL DVD I imagine you were 
receiving a lot of mail regarding the difficulties of installing TL from 
the DVD.

The point is that the DVD is not writable, while, apparently, the setup 
program requires to write down some information. Probably this "feature" 
has alrady been corrected, but I wanted to let you know, because on my 
Windows laptop I activated ProTeX and the installation took a lot of 
time because the archives to load and decompress were so many, that it 
took a lot of time; I do't know exactly, because meanwhile I went to 
lunch and when I went back the procedure was ended.

On my other MacBookPro laptop the MacTeX procedure/installer was very 
fast and I had no problems at all.

On my third laptop that runs Kubuntu, I spent severat hours trying to 
figure out what was wrong; I eventually downloaded a fresh setup 
executable from CTAN and pointed to the DVD as the place where to make 
the installation from, and finally everything ran correctly. The 
solution, after all, was simple, but a couple of words in the 
installlation documentation might have been very helpful and time saving.

Thank you for the wanderful work you are doing.

Claudio Beccari

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