[tex-live] tl09 release status: coming up

Manuel Pégourié-Gonnard mpg at elzevir.fr
Fri Oct 9 20:30:02 CEST 2009

George N. White III a écrit :
> On Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 9:24 AM, Manuel Pégourié-Gonnard <mpg at elzevir.fr> wrote:
>> George N. White III a écrit :
>>> MiKTeX 2.8 can use a mirror on a disk, but does not support installs
>>> from ad-hoc URL's.  TL seems to reverse this.   I think this reflects
>>> the differences in the two development platforms more than any
>>> fundamental limitation, and there are likely ways to work around the
>>> issues.
>> ??? I regularly install from a local mirror without using my local http server,
>> and already did so on windows too. From install-tl --help
>>      -repository url|path
>>           Specify the package repository to be used as the source of the
>>           installation, either a local directory via "/path/to/directory" or
>>           a "file:/" url, or a network location via a "http://" or "ftp://"
>>           url.  (No other protocols are supported.)
>>      [...]
>> Did you actually try? If so, what went wrong?
> What went wrong is the point of this thread.

Not precisely. As you clearly mentionned, there are two points:

1. Getting a copy of tlnet on the local disk (with correct permitions etc)
2. Using it directly (not through a http server).

I was answering to point 2. In the pragraph I quoted, you say that install-tl
cannot use a local copy without a http server. My question is: once you got a
correct local copy with correct permissions, is there any problem when you try
using it?

> 0.  lack of robust free mirroring tools to create the local files with
>      appropriate permissions (documentation should provide advice)
Irrelevant wrt the local disk vs local http server question.

> 1.  conflicts with remnants of older versions of TL (probably affects
>      network installs as well, and may not be an issue if future upgrades
>      are handled by installer).
Idem. (And btw I'm not sure there is a confirmed case of this.)

> 2.  dealing with incorrect permissions (since this is likely to be a
>      common problem, an installer needs to provide useful guidance
>      if it can't just repair permissions)
Idem. (And incorrect permissions are not a common problem using one of the two
recommended installation methods: net install and install from DVD.)

> 3.  differences between windows versions (.manifest file needed for
>      recent versions)


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