[tex-live] problems with tl2016 pretest

Jim Diamond Jim.Diamond at acadiau.ca
Fri May 13 15:14:34 CEST 2016

On Thu, May 12, 2016 at 21:51 (+0000), Karl Berry wrote:

Hi Karl,

> Thanks for trying things out, sorry for the problems.
No worries, I tried it out specifically knowing that I might find
something :-)

>> Looking in /local/texlive/2016/bin/x86_64-linux/
>> there are a lot of programs, but pdftex is a broken link and
>> updmap-sys is not there at all.

> In theory, the installation should abort when the download of a package
> fails.  I guess that failed install directory is gone now, but if the
> same failures happen again, please take a look at the install-tl.log
> file at the top-level of the install directory and see if there are any
> pointers in there.
Thanks for the pointer, I will do that.

> The installer code doesn't intentionally slow down any downloads, as
> far as I can see.  My only suggestion would be to try a different
> mirror next time to see if it makes a difference.
Will do.  Although reviewing things after I sent that message makes me
think that it just may be an issue of the design of tl-install, in
that it doesn't overlap "download the next file" with "unpack this

Is that the case?  (I dislike Perl enough that I don't look at Perl
programs unless under great duress :-)

> TLDownload::get_file: response error: 501 Protocol scheme 'ftp' is not supported (for ftp://ftp.math.utah.edu/pub/texlive/tlpretest/archive/12many.tar.xz)
>     ...
> TLDownload::get_file: response error: 501 Attempt to reload LWP/Protocol/ftp.pm aborted.

> It looks like your Perl installation is messed up somehow.
Huh.  I try not to mess with it (see above).  However, I guess it is
good to know that it is then likely just me with that problem.


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