[tex-live] TexLive 2015 DVD comments

Siep Kroonenberg siepo at cybercomm.nl
Thu Sep 3 15:52:34 CEST 2015

On Wed, Sep 02, 2015 at 08:45:18PM +0100, Peter Wilson wrote:
> First of all I am always amazed and grateful to all of you who put
> together the TeX DVD. Thank you.
> But (and after that you knew that there would be a But), I have a
> couple of suggestions. First some background. I well remember how
> excited we were in my computer group to get a 256k hard drive (about
> the size of a fridge and freezer). Since then I have travelled
> across many computer systems. My present one is a Windows PC (can
> you get any other?) where I run Ubunto under Windows (don't ask,
> it's a long, painful, and half-forgotten story).
> The bottom line is that in today's world I am woefully short of disc
> space, being limited to under 30G for my use.
> I had TexLive 2014 installed with 1.2 G free space left. I wanted to
> install TexLive 2015 from the latest DVD but the installation soon
> stopped through, I presume, lack of space. Eventually after deleting
> much stuff (much of which I had used, even if only occasionaly)
> I freed up 4.9G. At that point I could install TexLive 2015, which
> on my machine required 3.6G. I was installing via a terminal window
> which shut itself down when it decided that it had done enough. Then
> there was the tlmgr upgrade of stuff from 2014 to 2015 which, in my
> case, required another 0.25G.
> I think that it would be very useful if the instructions that came
> with the TexLive DVD gave an indication of the hard-disc space
> requirements, mainly for TexLive itself but also for possible tlmgr
> updates from an earlier to a later version.
> It would have helped me if there had been some indication in the
> documentation that the terminal window would close by itself so that
> there was no chance of seeing what had happened.
> I know that I could have freed up the necessary space by deleting my
> 2014 TexLive installation but I wasn't going to do that until I had
> a new working up-to-date version.
> I'm still very appreciative of all the work that has gone into TexLive 2015.
> Peter W.

The main screen of the text installer does tell you the required
disk space:

<C> customizing installation collections
     47 collections out of 48, disk space required: 4021 MB

Although it would be simple enough to request some input for the
user at the end, it would in most cases be an additional nuisance,
e.g. if the text installer was started from a pre-existing terminal
session, or under Windows, when the wrapper batchfile already ends
with a pause command.

Siep Kroonenberg

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