TL2024 from .iso fail under cygwin (win11 pro)

John Collins jcc8 at
Wed Apr 24 23:48:47 CEST 2024

I also got the same problem when I tried to use the Unix installer under 
cygwin.  My installation is a minimal Cygwin supplemented only by installing 
Cygwin's Perl.

I was able to overcome the problem by installing Cygwin's wget.

It seems that the error message could be improved to indicate what appears to 
be the true source of the problem, i.e., a missing executable, rather than a 
problem downloading from a repository.


On 4/24/24 3:57 PM, Pablo González L wrote:
> Hi all, I have a little problem to install the FULL version of TL24
> under cygwin.
> I tried to install the FULL version using the `.iso` downloaded from
> CTAN and it fails when trying to install COnTeXT, I could only install
> the `sheme-medium` theme (which does NOT install the `epstopdf` script
> which is strange), and then when trying to upgrade it returns me:
> $ tlmgr update --all
> /usr/local/bin/tlmgr: TLPDB::from_file could not initialize from: ...

> ...
> And when I try to install from the network (with an updated version of
> `install-tl`) I get the same error :(
> Any win10/11 pro users who have `sandbox` installed could you try to
> reproduce my problem?
> Saludos

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