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

Lars Madsen daleif at math.au.dk
Wed May 9 17:10:57 CEST 2018

>From the USB

/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: Denis Bitouzé <denis.bitouze at univ-littoral.fr>
Sent: 09 May 2018 16:59
To: Lars Madsen
Cc: Denis Bitouzé; Norbert Preining; tex-live at tug.org
Subject: Re: [tex-live] Deployment of TL 2018 (on multiple computers):  release or updated?

Le 09/05/18 à 14h47, Lars Madsen a écrit :

> We usually ask the students to copy the tlnet folder to their harddisk
> and then pass on the USB.

>From where do they copy the tlnet tree?

> But copying loads and loads of small files are super slow in windows
> so that copying takes about 10-20min and then comes then installation.

Indeed, too long.

> We tried zipping the TL tree such that is it is only one file to copy,
> which is faster, but takes just as long time to unzip in Windows.

I had exactly the same trouble before I discovered WinCDEmu: the
students who didn't own DameonTools or similar proprietary software
could "extract" the `.iso' file with WinZip (okay, proprietary as well
but rather common on Windows some years ago) or 7-zip, but it took too
much time.

> Sometimes, my cloning script is just faster to use, but I haven't
> touch that script in years. (then you'd only need to unzip a file tree
> and run a script afterwards, still takes time)

IMHO, mounting the `.iso' file is a better way: it is instantaneous :)

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