[tex-live] Deployment of TL 2018 (on multiple computers): release or updated?

Lars Madsen daleif at math.au.dk
Wed May 9 16:21:00 CEST 2018

You mentioned the ISO on USB, have you considered rsyncing the tlnet tree to the USB instead?

Granted, this takes a while for updating the USB, but then the students will not be that far behind in updates when they install from the USB.

One disadvantage: On Windows: installing TL from the tlnet folder on the USB is rather slow (Mac and Linux runs 10-100 times faster from USB than windows for some reason).

BTW: Once I have a new TLx on my USBs, I update them with rsync from my master on my linux box, that is rather fast.

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

From: tex-live <tex-live-bounces at tug.org> on behalf of Denis Bitouzé <denis.bitouze at univ-littoral.fr>
Sent: 09 May 2018 16:01
To: Norbert Preining
Cc: tex-live at tug.org
Subject: Re: [tex-live] Deployment of TL 2018 (on multiple computers):  release or updated?

Le 09/05/18 à 22h29, Norbert Preining a écrit :

> Hi Denis,

Hi Norbert,

> others have answered already, but I had the feeling that your
> *original* question was not answered:
>> Is it nevertheless safe to install the release or is it safer to
>> install TL at its current state?
> I would suggest to wait even a bit more until binary updates are out.
> Due to the late update of the LaTeX kernel just before the freeze, some
> packages couldn't get the updates into TL for the DVD version, in
> particular csquote. Several of them have been fixed in the meantime.

OK, good to know!

> Up to now you could use today's tlnet, and it would be definitely
> better than what is in the release .iso image.

OK but, in order to save bandwith, I still continue to massively make
use of the `.iso' file: I downloaded it once and, for the (numerous)
LaTeX courses I'm giving, I am providing it (on USB sticks) to each
student who can install TL without downloading everything.

> But there are also several bugs in the binaries, most particular lost
> ligature mappings in pdfs, so that text is not found anymore. And
> crashes with certain png types.


> We are preparing updates to the binaries just now, i386-linux and
> x86_64-linux I updated today, win32 was updated by Akira already,
> other binaries will hopefully follow.
> I strongly suggest:
> * wait until the TL binaries for the archs you need are updated

I'm waiting for your go sign! :)

> * give it a test
> * then use that state
> instead of the iso.

I guess I could at that time build an `.iso' file with the content of
the `Master' directory of the TL.

>> I know each snapshot of TL may content some critical bug but I ask the
>> question because it would be tedious to update TL on each computer
>> afterwards.
> This can be done in the way Zdenek suggested. I have done this back then
> in my old department with a variety of mac and unix computers, just one
> master installation and all others just nfs mount.


But, when I answered Zdenek, I forgot that years ago (at least 10 years
ago), I used to try this method but the compilation time was
dramatically slow. Maybe both software and hardware are better for
handling this nowadays.


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