[tex-live] Sharing installation over Lan

Marco Pallante marco.pallante at gmail.com
Fri Jan 30 10:28:35 CET 2009

Hello everybody,

Here at work, I've some degree of freedom in choosing my working
tools. One of these
choices involves the documentation part (I'm the only software
developer, uhm... well
trainee, in a little electronical/mechanical engineering company).

My obvious choice was to drop Word and switch to LaTeX. My computer, here, is a
little outdated... I've as little as 9Gb harddrive loaded with so many
things I can't delete.
Therefore, I installed TL2008 on my remote directory on a NAS. Under
WinXP, everything
works wonderfully.

For my needs, I've been given another 80Gb hard drive because I had to
install a Linux
distribution under a virtual machine. The remote NAS directory is
fully accessible from
the Linux (Ubunti 8.10) virtual machine and I'd like to use the TL
I've installed on it
just adding the Linux support.

I'm not sure on how to proceed. I think I've to start a fresh
installation from Linux and
giving it the path to the mounted remote dir (changing the TEXDIR
var), but I'm not sure
about what to do with the TEXMFSYSVAR and TEXMFSYSCONFIG vars. I looked at
the official docs and searched this list, but wasn't able to find anything.

Due to the slowness of my machine, installing TL from scratch inside
the virtualized
Linux machine is NOT an option.

Thank you very much for your help, and please forgive me if I'm asking a stupid

Marco Pallante

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