[tex-live] tlmgr ftp issues?

Tim Bradshaw tfb at tfeb.org
Thu May 20 11:21:27 CEST 2010

On 20 May 2010, at 09:52, Norbert Preining wrote:

> Yes, your analysis seems right. By default tlmgr now tries to set
> up a persisten connection using LWP, which in turn (AFAIR) uses
> Net::FTP, so could you please try setting
> in the environment (and expoerting it) and retrying. If that works
> we could make that an option to tlmgr, or just document that you
> should set the env var if your firewall disables active ftp.

Yes, this works fine: it's very quick then and it does not cause the  
OSX firewall to twitch.  I'd actually worked out in the meantime that  
it must be using Net::FTP and there are configuration options for that  
which control passive/non-passive ftp (see http://perldoc.perl.org/Net/FTP.html) 

> I disagree, it is a bit strange that the firewall disables all high  
> ports
> incoming, but well, policies differ.

Sorry, but that's just wrong. It is not strange at all that firewalls  
are configured so they do not allow in *anything* that is not  
explicitly required (not to mention you don't need a firewall to break  
traditional ftp - NAT is enough).

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