[tex-live] iso file

Lars Madsen daleif at imf.au.dk
Mon May 17 15:10:09 CEST 2010

Paul Gesting wrote:
> I am trying to install TexLive on a linux machine that is behind a
> firewall, so I cannot use the install script. Also, I am not root so
> I cannot use the package installer (or mount an iso). I downloaded
> the iso and in an attempt to bypass writing it to a DVD, I simply
> used the linux archive to extract the iso. I found out that when you
> do that, it breaks all the sym links and they become just empty files
> (a name, with zero file size). I tried it in Windows with 7-zip and
> it did the same thing.
> I know that this was my fault, but it might be helpful on the iso
> page (http://www.tug.org/texlive/acquire-iso.html) to state that you
> must either mount it or burn it - you cannot extract the files
> directly. I did not know that they were sym links so it took me a
> long time to figure this out (I simply thought the files were
> missing!) Apparently no one else has tried this because I spent many
> hours with google trying to figure it out and found nothing.
> Thanks Paul Gesting

exactly what is the firewall blocking?

Have you tried specifically choosing a mirror that provides TL over http?

Then you should not have any problem with firewalls and can use the 
install script.



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