[tex-live] Same procedure as every year: installing TL-pretest 2013 on Windows won't work

Wolfgang Keller feliphil at gmx.net
Mon Jun 17 15:17:53 CEST 2013

As usual, the yearly TexLive re-installation hell doesn't even work.
Besides the fact that this kind of nonsense is totally unnecessary, as
demonstrated by loads of FOSS projects that practise rolling releases.

J:\LyTeX\install-tl-20130530>install-tl.bat -repository
ftp://ftp.cstug.cz::pub/ tex/local/tlpretest -gui perltk
\system32;C:\Window s;C:\Windows\System32\Wbem;C:\Windows\System32
\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\ "J:\LyTeX\install-tl-20130530\install-tl"
-repository ftp://ftp.cstug.cz::pub/te x/local/tlpretest -gui perltk
Loading ftp://ftp.cstug.cz::pub/tex/local/tlpretest/tlpkg/texlive.tlpdb
First attempt for net installation failed;
  repository url does not contain "tlnet",
  retrying with "/systems/texlive/tlnet" appended.
Oh well, adding tlnet did not help.

You may want to try specifying an explicit or different CTAN mirror;
see the information and examples for the -repository option at
(or in the output of install-tl --help).

J:\LyTeX\install-tl-20130530\install-tl: Could not load TeX Live
Database from f
goodbye. Use of uninitialized value $vars{"option_letter"} in array
element at J:/LyTeX/i
nstall-tl-20130530/tlpkg/installer/install-menu-perltk.pl line 120. Use
of uninitialized value $vars{"option_file_assocs"} in array element at
J:/Ly TeX/install-tl-20130530/tlpkg/installer/install-menu-perltk.pl
line 125. Can't call method "get_package" on an undefined value at J:
\LyTeX\install-tl-201 30530\install-tl line 1225. Drücken Sie eine
beliebige Taste . . .

I really don't know why that installer would look for a subdirectory
"tlnet", because there is none, obviously.

Does anyone ever actually test this stuff before it gets published?



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