[tex-live] Stable, reproducible, scriptable TexLive installation

Alistair Miles alimanfoo at googlemail.com
Thu Aug 17 12:45:10 CEST 2017

Hi there,

Apologies if this has come up before (I'm sure it has), but I'm trying to
get a stable, reproducible installation of texlive across multiple systems,
including different people's computers and a continuous integration
service. I've written a script [1] which installs texlive from
ftp://tug.org/historic/ which has been working fine, however recently the
server seems to have become flaky and I'm getting random download failures
which prevent installation (TLPDB::_install_package: downloading did not
succeed). I can't switch to a mirror because historic/ is not mirrored. I
found https://ctanmirror.speedata.de/ and will give that a try, however I
just thought I would post here as it would seem to be a good idea if
historic/ was mirrored along with all the other texlive content. Also I'd
be grateful if anyone has any other suggestions.


Alistair Miles
Head of Epidemiological Informatics
Centre for Genomics and Global Health <http://cggh.org>
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Email: alimanfoo at googlemail.com
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