TeX Live - Quick Install

If you don't want to read the documentation and just want to install everything in TeX Live, under a Unix-like system, here is a bare recipe. (Windows installation is GUI-based and not described here.)

To acquire the software in the first place, either get the DVD and/or CD from a user group (ideally by becoming a member), or download the 700+MB bzipped ISO image from CTAN, uncompress it, and mount it (e.g., mount -t iso9660 /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom). Details for all this are in the documentation.

Then, to install (comments are in italics):

cd /the/texlive/distribution
bash ./install-tl.sh

s     (scheme)
  c   (install everything)

d     (directory)
  1 /usr/local/texlive2005   (your installation directory)
  2 /usr/local/texmf-local   (your local hierarchy)
  r   (return to main menu)

i     (install)

It takes about half an hour to copy all the files.

You don't need to change the installation directories if this is a first-time install, or the defaults (/usr/local/texlive/2005 and /usr/local/texlive/texmf-local) are suitable.

Then, if you need to configure for 8.5x11 letter-size paper, follow up with something like this:
  texconfig paper letter
(Use the syntax for your shell, your own chosen directory, and your own system name instead of i386-linux, naturally.) This will also build all the formats.

If you are installing for a multiple-user site instead of personal use, run texconfig-sys instead of texconfig.

Please email comments or suggestions.

$Date: 2006/12/18 22:34:50 $; TeX Live;