[tex-live] TeX Live installation tools

Lars Madsen daleif at imf.au.dk
Wed Nov 3 16:05:30 CET 2010

Vladimir Lomov wrote:
> ** Lars Madsen [2010-11-03 14:58:34 +0100]:
>> Hi, I think in earlier years there were some extra tools or ideas
>> for scripts meant for special installations.
>> Do we still have those scripts somewhere?
>> For install parties it is a bit too slow to install from the net, or
>> from USB.
>> So I wanted to simply take a given TL10 installation from a windows
>> and transfer it to another.
>> As far as I know, one would then only have to add a script to
>> integrate it into windows, (given that the location was the same on
>> both computers).
>> Then the installation is down to the transfer time from a USB stick,
>> which is a lot better.
>> (Yesterday we started a weekly LaTeX Lab here where I work, and at
>> the beginning we will spend most of the time helping users to
>> install TL, so the faster the better).
> Sorry, I don't know anything about such tools but I wonder why you
> borther about installation?
> AFAIU, you could install TL on Windows machine and export (share) the
> path with installed TL over the net or install TL on linux host with
> several platforms and export using samba the TL for windows machines. Or
> just copy the whole root (for example, if you install TL in C:\texlive,
> so there are C:\texlive\2010, C:\texlive\texmf-local) to other windows
> machine. The only thing left: you have to register (associate) the tex
> extension with texworks (seems this is one of the actions that windows
> installer do in contrast to linux one) manually.
> On my work I installed TL on linux and binaries for Windows, then
> "share" the installation root over the net (using samba) and tried them
> on Windows (Windows 7). All work fine (actually I tried not all
> binaries, only (pdf)latex, dvips, pdfinfo).
> ---
> WBR, Vladimir Lomov.

that is what I do with our linux servers and secretary macs

but this lab sessions are for students bringing their own laptops, so 
samba and similar is way to complicated to deal with.



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