[tex-live] So far.....expensive failure

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at gmail.com
Fri Feb 15 19:28:56 CET 2013

2013/2/15 Denis Bitouzé <dbitouze at wanadoo.fr>:
> Le vendredi 15/02/13 à 16h50,
> Mojca Miklavec <mojca.miklavec.lists at gmail.com> a écrit :
>> You can of course skip creation of the ISO file and you get exactly
>> what you asked for by running the command written above.
> OK.
>> Just execute
>>     rsync -av --delete
>> rsync://ctan.ijs.si/CTAN/systems/texlive/tlnet/
>> \ /path/to/your/usb/key/texlive go for a coffee, unmount the key and
>> hand it to students.
> OK. What would be faster from the USB stick:
>   1. copying just the TL tree but hence a lot of small files,
>   2. copying a zip version of the TL tree and hence just a single
>   (though large) file, but with a necessary unzip post-step?
> --
> Denis
I have made such test on my Linux machine. The directory size is 789M
(as reported by du -sh), when zipped with -9r the file size (reported
by ls -l) is 644748349. It was always run as a shell script containing
mount+copy+unmount or mount+zip+unmount and the real time is reported.

1. copying a tree of files: 4m26.133s
2. zipping the tree directly to the vfat usb: 2m6.070s
3. unzipping the file from USB to SDD: 1m17.653s
4. zipping the files on HD: 1m27.616s
5. copying the zip file: 2m0.836s

My computer is old, I have USB2, not USB3.

Zdeněk Wagner

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