TL2024 from .iso fail under cygwin (win11 pro)

John Collins jcc8 at
Sun Apr 28 20:27:15 CEST 2024

On 4/27/24 5:53 PM, Karl Berry wrote:
>      > You are using Cygwin, and this problem could arise if you haven't
>      > installed Cygwin's wget. See the section of the TeX Live documentation
>      > about installation under Cygwin.
> It feels weird to me to put in this sort of vague platform-specific
> message instead of detecting and/or solving the actual error, but ok, I
> guess it's an improvement. And it seems the whole problem does not arise
> often. Hope it comes out ok ... --thanks, karl.

I agree that it would be better to diagnose the actual error(s).  But the 
errors are non-trivial, caused by a native Windows program being given an 
absolute Unix path for the output file.  (And silences the messages 
from the curl, wget etc that it tries.)  So I suspect programmed diagnosis is 
easier said than done.  Probably the most important things are that the user is 
directed to the Cygwin section of the documentation, and to remove the 
exclusive focus on the repository setting.

For the subset of users who use Cygwin, this may be not such an uncommon error.


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