[tex-live] Off topic: copying tlnet

Robin Fairbairns Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk
Mon Nov 1 12:49:25 CET 2010

Lars Madsen <daleif at imf.au.dk> wrote:

> Hi, to make installation a lot faster when doing installation parties,
> it seems easier to simply copy tlnet to a USB disk and then install
> from there (or even copy it tlnet to HD and install from there)
> But what is the best way to make a copy of tlnet? just doing a wget
> against our local mirror?
> If so is is possile with wget to later on `update' this copy?

i would use rsync rather than wget in all circumstances (not just
updating).  wget purports to have a "mirror" mode, but it's never worked
for me

of course, i can't say if your server actually provides an rsync
interface, since you don't say which one it is.  (it ought to -- saves a
lot on bandwidth consumed; however, the largest proportion of users of
the cambridge node blindly use http -- total is >=10x the bandwidth of
ftp+rsync combined ... on a few occasions, >1 tbyte in a day).


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