[tex-live] Installation error: untar failed

Fabrizio Turco fturco at gmx.de
Thu Jan 17 17:14:38 CET 2019

Hi everybody,


I am trying to install a TeX Live distribution on my Windows 10 system in
order to use it with TexMaker to work on documents for university. However,
I find myself unable to get the installation done.
After downloading the install-tl.zip file, extracting it, starting the
install-tl-windows file and clicking myself through the wizard, the
installation window will then always close itself after a couple of seconds,
not having installed a single package (it is always saying 0001/some number
and 12many.

This is what happens in the cmd-shell:



Installing TeX Live 2018 from:
http://mirror.las.iastate.edu/tex-archive/systems/texlive/tlnet (not

Platform: win32 => 'Windows'

Distribution: net  (downloading)

Using URL: http://mirror.las.iastate.edu/tex-archive/systems/texlive/tlnet

Directory for temporary files:

Installer revision: 49210

Database revision: 49734

Loading http://mirror.hmc.edu/ctan/systems/texlive/tlnet/tlpkg/texlive.tlpdb

Installing TeX Live 2018 from:
http://mirror.hmc.edu/ctan/systems/texlive/tlnet (not verified)

Platform: win32 => 'Windows'

Distribution: net  (downloading)

Using URL: http://mirror.hmc.edu/ctan/systems/texlive/tlnet

Directory for temporary files:

Installer revision: 49210

Database revision: 49734


  TEXDIR: "C:/texlive/2018"

  TEXMFCONFIG: "~/.texlive2018/texmf-config"

  TEXMFHOME: "~/texmf"

  TEXMFLOCAL: "C:/texlive/texmf-local"

  TEXMFSYSCONFIG: "C:/texlive/2018/texmf-config"

  TEXMFSYSVAR: "C:/texlive/2018/texmf-var"

  TEXMFVAR: "~/.texlive2018/texmf-var"

  binary_aarch64-linux: ""

  binary_amd64-freebsd: ""

  binary_amd64-netbsd: ""

  binary_armhf-linux: ""

  binary_i386-cygwin: ""

  binary_i386-freebsd: ""

  binary_i386-linux: ""

  binary_i386-netbsd: ""

  binary_i386-solaris: ""

  binary_sparc-solaris: ""

  binary_win32: "1"

  binary_x86_64-cygwin: ""

  binary_x86_64-darwin: ""

  binary_x86_64-darwinlegacy: ""

  binary_x86_64-linux: ""

  binary_x86_64-linuxmusl: ""

  binary_x86_64-solaris: ""

  collection-basic: "1"

  collection-bibtexextra: "1"

  collection-binextra: "1"

  collection-context: "1"

  collection-fontsextra: "1"

  collection-fontsrecommended: "1"

  collection-fontutils: "1"

  collection-formatsextra: "1"

  collection-games: "1"

  collection-humanities: "1"

  collection-langarabic: "1"

  collection-langchinese: "1"

  collection-langcjk: "1"

  collection-langcyrillic: "1"

  collection-langczechslovak: "1"

  collection-langenglish: "1"

  collection-langeuropean: "1"

  collection-langfrench: "1"

  collection-langgerman: "1"

  collection-langgreek: "1"

  collection-langitalian: "1"

  collection-langjapanese: "1"

  collection-langkorean: "1"

  collection-langother: "1"

  collection-langpolish: "1"

  collection-langportuguese: "1"

  collection-langspanish: "1"

  collection-latex: "1"

  collection-latexextra: "1"

  collection-latexrecommended: "1"

  collection-luatex: "1"

  collection-mathscience: "1"

  collection-metapost: "1"

  collection-music: "1"

  collection-pictures: "1"

  collection-plaingeneric: "1"

  collection-pstricks: "1"

  collection-publishers: "1"

  collection-texworks: "1"

  collection-wintools: "1"

  collection-xetex: "1"

  doc_splitting_supported: "1"

  inst_platform: "win32"

  instopt_adjustpath: "1"

  instopt_adjustrepo: "1"

  instopt_letter: ""

  instopt_portable: ""

  instopt_write18_restricted: "1"

  n_collections_available: "82"

  n_collections_selected: "42"

  n_systems_available: "34"

  n_systems_selected: "2"

  selected_scheme: "scheme-full"

  src_splitting_supported: "1"

  this_platform: "win32"

  tlpdbopt_autobackup: "1"

  tlpdbopt_backupdir: "tlpkg/backups"

  tlpdbopt_create_formats: "1"

  tlpdbopt_desktop_integration: "1"

  tlpdbopt_file_assocs: "1"

  tlpdbopt_generate_updmap: ""

  tlpdbopt_install_docfiles: "1"

  tlpdbopt_install_srcfiles: "1"

  tlpdbopt_location: "http://mirror.hmc.edu/ctan/systems/texlive/tlnet"

  tlpdbopt_post_code: "1"

  tlpdbopt_sys_bin: "/usr/local/bin"

  tlpdbopt_sys_info: "/usr/local/share/info"

  tlpdbopt_sys_man: "/usr/local/share/man"

  tlpdbopt_w32_multi_user: ""

  total_size: "5919"

Installing to: C:/texlive/2018

Not an admin install; not making read-only

Not an admin install; not making read-only

Not an admin install; not making read-only

Not an admin install; not making read-only

Installing [0001/3716, time/total: ??:??/??:??]: 12many [376k]

ar.exe xmf
C:\Users\Fabrizio\AppData\Local\Temp\Yok_l7wHTx\bLWYVm989c/12many.tar failed
(in C:/texlive/2018/texmf-dist)

TLPDB::_install_package: untar failed

Installation failed.

Rerunning the installer will try to restart the installation.

Or you can restart by running the installer with:

  install-tl-windows.bat --profile installation.profile [EXTRA-ARGS]


  install-tl-advanced.bat --profile installation.profile [EXTRA-ARGS]


I tried downloading install-tl.zip from another mirror, I started the
installation as admin as well as not, I installed the perl etc. packages via
Cygwin and turned the anti-virus-software off but I could not find a
solution. It will always say something about "corrupt data" and "untar

If anyone has a hint for me, I would be very glad to hear from you. And I
hope this question is not asked too often. If so, I would really leike to
know, where I can get further information.


Thanks you!


Fabrizio Turco 

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