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I wish to know that if I download TeX Live 2011 from TUG today in April 2013 and then try to update the packages from CTAN, will I get the last packages that were frozen for the 2011 year for TeX Live?

I have the final (frozen) state of TeX Live 2011 on a computer and this version has served me well. Now I wish to have the same installation (with the same versions of the packages) on a different computer.

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In my opinion this will be difficult. Why? Although packages are versioned, they are not specific to a distribution's release version. I would theorize that your best bet would be to identify the frozen date for TL 2011, and match that with packages in a historical package database (see Historical, stable version archive of packages) manually. Good luck. – Werner Apr 15 '13 at 5:23
That should work. – Werner Apr 15 '13 at 5:39
Off Topic:As per your question multiple TeXLive installations have both in future if needed. I suggest to be in Sync without any time lag. Update often and subscribe to ctan RSS feeds. most used old packages can be dowloaded as tds.zip or .sty and made available to all .tex files. – texenthusiast Apr 15 '13 at 6:34
Why don't you simply copy the whole directory, add the path to the binaries to the path variable on the new pc and recreate the lsr-files? – Ulrike Fischer Apr 15 '13 at 8:41
@yCalleecharan The method shouldn't be different from the one outlined in tex.stackexchange.com/questions/49936/… But it could be improper if Windows is involved. Give a try. – egreg Apr 15 '13 at 9:05
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You will have problems updating your just-installed TL2011 from the net, as probably most (all?) update-servers won't serve updates for TL2011 anymore. So your best bet is to install TL2011 from the DVD (obviously not from the net) and then copy the TL2011 directory from the running installation to the new computer. If you use Unix, you can skip the installation and copy the TL2011 directory and adapt $PATH etc.

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Thank you. I installed a fresh iso file on the new Windows machine, renamed the 2011 folder it to something else and then put the folder of the most recent version of TL2011 that I have from my old computer. A texhash is necessary afterwards. 1 vote up. – yCalleecharan Apr 18 '13 at 9:41

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