[tex-live] Linux Libertine and TeX Live 2008

Norbert Preining preining at logic.at
Mon Jul 13 18:48:19 CEST 2009

On Mon, 13 Jul 2009, Wolfgang Keller wrote:
> Well, if those .bat and .exe files just won't leave their command prompt windows open to allow reading the messages, I can't do anything about it.

As already said several time, start a cmd shell and type in the bat filename
as is.

> > Hard to diagnose without a crystal ball.
> Would have been easy to test before releasing.

We did.

> Get a USB stick, try to install TeXLive on it, see for yourself.

Ohhhh, first time that you mentioned that you installed
good point.

> > > And if I copy them to the installation folder from the DVD by hand, tl-portable.bat still complains that it simply can't find some files, whatever they are.
> > 
> > tl_portable???? What are you talking about?
> *sigh*
> tl-portable.bat

I know very well what tl-portable is, but I though you were talking about
*installing* the dvd.

tl-portable is NOT for installing FROM DVD TO usbstick,
tl-portable is for carrying around the DVD and run it with *minimal*
impact on the system you are using.

> The .bat file which is required to use TeXLive on Windows from a portable location.

No,tl-portable is the bat script that is used to use the *DVD*, and nothing

> > Did you use the DVD for installation?
> Yes. Didn't produce anything that works.

On your USB Stick, and then using tl-portable, not surprising.

> > Did you use the network installer to download from the network?
> Yes. Didn't produce anything that works either.

Same as above.

> > Did you use tl_portable to set up a minimal system without installing
> >   all the stuff to your hard disk?
> I use tl-portable not to "set up", but to _use_ a portable instance of TeXLive 2008 that I had to create by manually copying the DVD contens to my USB stick.

That sounds like the correct way. Copying all of the DVD contents to the
USB stick (but NOT into a subdirectory, but into the root), and then use
tl-portable from there.

If that does not work, please:
- start a cmd window
- cd to the usbstick's drive
- call tl-portable.bat
- send the output

> > > Simply copying over the whole DVD contents at least produces a LaTeX "installation" that _somewhat_ works, so I consider the installer as, sorry, plain useless §$%&#?!.

The installer is NOT for that business, it is for making an installation on
your local hard drive. That can even be your usb stick, but NOT for portable

> "cooperate" - You sound like an employee of the german "labour agency".

Thanks, I am Austrian, and I am not interested in your very absurd 

> Well, it seems like "voodoo" to _me_ that you release "installers" that don't produce anything that works. And that apparently you don't seem to even read what I wrote about my usage scenario and what I have done.

If you use them in the right way, the do, and they did on many many computers.

Best wishes


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