[tex-live] Install file of the TL should have unique name

Lars Madsen daleif at imf.au.dk
Sun Jan 19 12:45:36 CET 2014

I just think it is a bad message to send to users that in order to install you need to install this an this program to get the installation to work on windows.

Imagine what that user is going to tell his or her friends about the installation of TL (they will not know this is not the 'standard' way in which to install TL)

I'm not saying Denis' solution isn't great, it looks very interesting. I'm going to try it out to see if the transfer is faster.

There is also the transplant script I made earlier, that might be even faster if it wasn't for the massive time it takes to transfer files from USB to HD on Windows (in this case a ZIP) plus the time it takes to unzip. 
I haven't had a chance to use it myself as I'm not involved in the student mass-installation.

/Lars Madsen
Institut for Matematik / Department of Mathematics
Aarhus Universitet / Aarhus University
Mere info: http://au.dk/daleif@imf / More information: http://au.dk/en/daleif@imf

From: tex-live [tex-live-bounces at tug.org] on behalf of Reinhard Kotucha [reinhard.kotucha at web.de]
Sent: 19 January 2014 12:19
To: Denis Bitouzé
Cc: tex-live at tug.org
Subject: Re: [tex-live] Install file of the TL should have unique name

On 2014-01-19 at 11:18:21 +0100, Denis Bitouzé wrote:

 > Le dimanche 19/01/14 à 06h35,
 > Reinhard Kotucha <reinhard.kotucha at web.de> a écrit :
 > > Sorry Denis, but "install-tl" ***is*** the generic Linux, Mac and
 > > Windows installer.
 > OK, nice.
 > > The batch files are only stupid wrapper scripts for Windows.
 > OK.
 > > On any reasonable operating systems you can invoke install-tl
 > > directly.
 > I guess that's because not every operating system is reasonable
 > that install-tl.bat is provided in addition to install-tl. Hence
 > the possible confusion. Hence my request to reduce possible
 > confusions as much as possible.

I think that nobody can describe the situation better than a colleague
of mine: He proudly said "My son can't read or write yet, but he's
using Windows already."

 > >  >> I strongly recommend to evaluate Lars' approach.
 > >  >
 > >  > Even with this clarification?
 > >
 > > No, sorry for the noise.
 > Well, sorry to insist: do you mean that providing an ***up to date***
 > tlnet/ directory as an ordinary directory (with zillions files and
 > subdirectories) is definitively better than a single ISO image (along
 > with WinCDEmu)? If so, could you explain why?

No, I meant that I agree with you.


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