[tex-live] iso file

George N. White III gnwiii at gmail.com
Tue May 18 02:39:37 CEST 2010

On Mon, May 17, 2010 at 7:30 PM, Reinhard Kotucha
<reinhard.kotucha at web.de> wrote:

> On 16 May 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.
> If a particular program doesn't work as promised, please file a bug
> report there.  It's not a TeX Live issue.

TL can't be expected to solve every such problem, but it is
certainly useful to a small group of potential users to indicate
ways to install TL without root/admin privs and without

Many "locked-down" configurations use older releases of linux
with old versions of utilities -- the user is faced with either building
current versions of utilties (if not all of TL) from sources, assuming
configure doesn't reject the available platform, or finding ways to
work within the existing tools.   TL has always gone to extremes
to support "legacy" platforms and part of this includes working
with the tools that are found on such platforms.

George N. White III <aa056 at chebucto.ns.ca>
Head of St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia

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