[tex-live] Installation on an USB Stick

Siep Kroonenberg siepo at cybercomm.nl
Tue Dec 1 22:53:42 CET 2015

On Tue, Dec 01, 2015 at 09:35:29AM +0900, Norbert Preining wrote:
> On Tue, 01 Dec 2015, Reinhard Kotucha wrote:
> > there is a function SymlinkOrCopy() in updmap.pl, line 598ff.

Some scripts test whether they are called via a symlink, if they
need to find auxiliary files. Copying would not be good in such a

> Reinhard, that is irrelevant. Installation from DVD *unpacks*
> that tar.xz, which in case of Unix contains symlinks.
> We *could* work around *if* installing from an unpacked tree or
> a previous installation, but *not* from DVD which is basically tlnet.
> And tlnet's .tar.xz contain symlinks.
> > BTW, all this has nothing to do with the L option.  The latter is
> As I wrote.
> > Herbert, if you have time to experiment, you can also try UDF instead
> ..
> > works fine on Windows.  When we discussed it a few years ago Norbert
> > said that it wasn't available on OS/X, don't know whether it's still
> It was not working, not reliable across platforms. Maybe things have
> changed, if someone wants to play around and report results, I would
> be *VERY* happy.

I have had a udf-formatted usb stick for a while, but now and then
it would get pathologically slow. I thought the usb stick might be
failing, but after reformatting as vfat it was fine. This was under

Siep Kroonenberg

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