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transfering install

Postby Anymouse » Sat Jun 19, 2021 8:19 am

Hi - I suspect the answer to this is that it will work just fine but I just want to see of there are any gotchas.

Currently I use CentOS 7 with TeXLive installed in /usr/local/texlive

That directory is owned by user:group texlive:texlive so I just log in as that user to update or install the occasional package that isn't part of texlive.

I'm planning to build a new system as CentOS is going away. I'll probably go something Debian based but haven't decided.

Anyway my plan is on new system to create user:group texlive:texlive with identical UID/GID and just rsync my install on over also using /usr/local/texlive and after the rsync just run tlmgr to update it.

As long as the new system is also x86_64 linux and I make sure to set up /usr/local/texlive/2021/bin/x86_64-linux at the beginning of my path, that should continue to work flawlessly?

I can't think of why it wouldn't work, just sometimes there are things I can't think of so if there are any gotchas I'd like to hear them. Just makes more sense than a fresh install that takes hours and where I then also have to set up my font maps again etc. for local installed fonts.

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