[tex-live] Error while installing TeXLive portable on Webserver

Alois Ignaz Krähenmann a.i.krmann at gmail.com
Tue Mar 6 17:25:32 CET 2018



Thanks a lot for the good hints. The limited /tmp folder seems to be part of the problem.


Regards, Alo



From: George N. White III <gnwiii at gmail.com> 
Sent: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 11:45 AM
To: TeX Live <tex-live at tug.org>
Cc: Alois Ignaz Krähenmann <a.i.krmann at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [tex-live] Error while installing TeXLive portable on Webserver


On 6 March 2018 at 05:43, Zdenek Wagner <zdenek.wagner at gmail.com <mailto:zdenek.wagner at gmail.com> > wrote:


I install TL over SSH without root access regularly (even if I know the root password I do not install TL as root). I would suspect corruption of the file during download, it sometimes happens. The best way is to try again. If you have network problems, you can use rsync to obtain your own mirror and install t from it. However, I usually have one download problem within two or three years.

Zdeněk Wagner


Not everyone has such reliable internet.  Rsync to a private mirror is more robust

than a direct install.



2018-03-05 19:26 GMT+01:00 Alois Ignaz Krähenmann <a.i.krmann at gmail.com <mailto:a.i.krmann at gmail.com> >:

While installing TeXLive via SSH on a webserver (https://www.a2hosting.com/,
no root access) I get the following error:
- D:unpacking /tmp/JX_bOGH6eg/s6ZbGOLzLd/dvipdfmx.x86_64-linux.tar in
- untar: untarring /tmp/JX_bOGH6eg/s6ZbGOLzLd/dvipdfmx.x86_64-linux.tar
failed (in /home/nxtsolut/etc/tl)
- TLPDB::_install_package: untar failed
- Installation failed.


Some sites have rather small /tmp, or have user quotas (and set TMPDIR for

each user to some private place). For a shared machine, allowing users to write 

outside their own storage means one user can cause problems for others.   

It is possible some other process filled /tmp while you were installing TL.  


More details (full verbose log attached):
- Installing TeX Live 2017 from:
http://mirror.utexas.edu/ctan/systems/texlive/tlnet (verified)
- Platform: x86_64-linux => 'GNU/Linux on x86_64'
- Distribution: net  (downloading)
- Using URL: http://mirror.utexas.edu/ctan/systems/texlive/tlnet

Thanks a lot for any hint. I am totally stuck :-(
Regards, Alo

Linux has ways to check free space ("man df") and logs that may not

be visible to ordinary users.  Can you run "dmesg |tail"?  Some 

ssh accounts come with a status web page that may let you see 

some limited info on storage and workloads.



George N. White III

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