[tex-live] iso

gnwiii at gmail.com gnwiii at gmail.com
Sat Jan 28 21:50:17 CET 2006

On 1/28/06, A. Mani <a_mani_sc_gs at yahoo.co.in> wrote:
> On Saturday 28 January 2006 02:24, Staszek wrote:
> > On Sat, 28 Jan 2006, A. Mani wrote:
> > > Hello,
> > > For those who cannot burn the dvd, (but can download it) it should be
> > > possible to run it live from hda. A small package for that will help.
> >
> > Not a problem on Linux:
> > mount -t iso9660 -oloop /opt/file.iso /mnt/cdrom/
> >
> This is sufficient to run everything directly ?
> You can access everything ok, but the paths will be a problem.
> Because now /  is somewhere else.

AFAIK, TeX Live on *ix doesn't depend on any particular locations.  So
long as the bin/<arch> directory is properly set in your PATH list
everything should work, but if you want a more conventional PATH
setting you can use symbolic links.  This has the advantage that you
can quickly switch, e.g., between an NSF mounted texlive tree and the
loop mounted .iso, simply by adjusting the symbolic link without the
need to change the PATH setting.   One feature of the .iso is that you
can't make changes, but even that can be accommodated using unionfs.

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

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