[tex-live] Install on a network (Samba server and Windows desktops)

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at gmail.com
Tue May 18 11:07:03 CEST 2010

2010/5/18 Denis Bitouzé <dbitouze at wanadoo.fr>:
> Le mardi 18/05/10 à 10h35,
> Zdenek Wagner <zdenek.wagner at gmail.com> a écrit :
>> This is the right section. First when you install TL, you have to go
>> to selection of platforms and select all that you plan to use. For
>> unix-like systems you have to mount the texmf-* trees and set PATH
>> (and MANPATH if you need "man") to the correct directory. For
>> windows-like systems you need to map a network drive and then use the
>> script available from that very section to create shortcuts.
> Well, sorry, actually I'm not an expert in network area: I just try to
> help our computer technician to install TeX Live, not on all Windows
> desktop, but just on the server, in order to make easier the
> maintenance. So maybe my questions will seem very basic :)
> 1. The TL install will be done only on the (Linux) server, right?
Yes, you install it on the server only.

> 2. Even Windows binary system may be installed on it?
As a matter of fact, TL does not need any special installation steps,
the files are just copied. After installation texmf-dist/bin will
contain subdirectories for all selected platforms. Unix-like systems
require just PATH to be set. Linux comes often with teTeX installed
and if you decide not to install teTeX when installing Linux, you
still get some part of it due to dependencies and it usually does not
work. I found a lot of various conflict between such traces of teTeX
and TL. The remedy is to put the correct TL bi directory to the
beginning of PATH. Windows users are accustomed to shortcuts and
menus, it would be too tedious to do it by hand, the script will help.
Some tools are written in perl but it is not available in Windows.
When installing TL on Linux you have to select Perl for Windows.
Anyway, if you forget anything, you can install it later by tlmgt.

> Thanks!
> --
> Denis

Zdeněk Wagner

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