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

Lars Madsen daleif at imf.au.dk
Mon Feb 18 09:21:27 CET 2013

My modification just involves a small additional to siebs script, such that it will install the same uninstaller as the normal installation script (it is registered in windows somehow)

Thus the procedure is:

Take a copy of a tl installation, clean it if necessary (remove backup files etc)

Add the two modified scripts

Zip the tree

Transfer to recipient

Unzip in wanted location

Delete zip file

Run bat file


You now have something that will look identically to a normal tlnet installed tl.

The idea was to give windows users something that would install in a speed comparable to installing on a Mac

Just a note on installing via USB sticks: for many users this is still very slow. Have seen students where we first transfered the tlnet dir to local hd, it still took about an hour to install.

I don't know if the donor method would be faster, worth a try.

/ daleif - Nexus 7

Siep Kroonenberg <siepo at cybercomm.nl> skrev:

On Fri, Feb 15, 2013 at 09:42:33PM +0100, Andreas Hirsch wrote:
> quoting Zdenek Wagner, [2013-02-15 19:19]:
> > Windows is more difficult, it is necessary to run tlmgr postaction
> > with correct paameters. I unix systems it is just unpacked into some
> > directory and PATH has to be changed.
> presuming to have a TL-Installation anywhere (local or server) on a
> volume with drive-letter T:\
> All you have to do on a Windows-maschine ist to add T:\texlive\bin\win32
> to the PATH-enviroment-variable

Windows users also expect file associations, menu shortcuts and an
uninstaller. That is what the postinstalls provide.

For our university, the windows installation is on the network, and
an `installer' script provides all the stuff that windows users seem
unable to do without. It uses the same Perl modules and subs as the
tlmgr postaction commands. I published a version of this script at

Siep Kroonenberg

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