[tex-live] installing TeXLive

Norbert Preining preining at logic.at
Sat Mar 13 14:01:22 CET 2010

Hi Herbert,

On Fr, 12 Mär 2010, Herbert Voss wrote:
> ./tlpkg/installer/xz/xzdec.i386-linux: (stdin): Unexpected end of input
> tar: Das sieht nicht wie ein „tar“-Archiv aus.
> tar: Exiting with failure status due to previous errors

Hmm, that seems *really* strange. Why?

The packages you download are .xz compressed. So if the uncompress 
would have failed, then there should already be a warning message.
Same with the download, the md5sums are checked. So all that is fine.

Now, what remains is that either the xzdec at un-xz time creates something
broken, which could be possible, or the tar file itself is broken.

But we check our server in a daily cron script and during that unpack
*all* packages, so we would see an error.
Also ...
> this might be a problem of VMware, which runs under Windows XP.
> It was a bit curious, because it was not the same package
> where the installer stopped on the different computers.

due to the fact that it happens at different packages points to 
something very strange right in vmware/xp, and not by itself in
the texlive. If the underlying OS/(pseudo)hardware makes problems,
we cannot catch them.

Sorry, bottomline of all that, no idea what to do.

Best wishes

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