Low download speed on TeX Live Unix installation

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at gmx.de
Thu Nov 16 00:57:42 CET 2023

On 2023-11-15 at 22:21:21 +0200, Ionut Nicula wrote:

 > I'm getting *ridiculously* low download speeds when trying to
 > install TeX Live. (as described here:
 > https://tug.org/texlive/quickinstall.html) It took almost 2 minutes
 > to even get the install-tl-unx.tar.gz archive.

Dear Ionuț,
I can reproduce your problem.  It's https://mirrors.nxthost.com/ which
is extremely slow.

Please try

  ./install-tl --location https://ftp.rrzn.uni-hannover.de/pub/mirror/tex-archive/systems/texlive/tlnet

After installation execute

  tlmgr option repository https://ftp.rrzn.uni-hannover.de/pub/mirror/tex-archive/systems/texlive/tlnet

to make sure that 'tlmgr update' uses the same mirror.

You might want to download from a mirror nearby instead of from one in
Germany.  You'll find a list of mirrors here:


but you should avoid nxthost.com. 


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