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I'm trying to run install-tl-ubuntu script with "--hebrew" option, then install the LYX package from the repos. When I run install-tl-ubuntu I get the following error (see the original on http://pastebin.com/cQTyhK1q ):

~/texliveinst/install-tl-ubuntu $ sudo ./install-tl-ubuntu --hebrew
install-tl-ubuntu: WARNING: this script currently supports Ubuntu 12.04, 12.10, 13.04, 13.10, and 14.04. 
For other versions, one would probably want to use a different 
debian-control-texlive-in.txt file.
install-tl-ubuntu: checking for TeX Live environment variables...
install-tl-ubuntu: running apt and dpkg commands...
install-tl-ubuntu: determining the fastest repository...
install-tl-ubuntu: the fastest repo is: http://www.cstug.cz/ctan/index.html
install-tl-ubuntu: downloading and extracting install-tl for time number 1...

gzip: stdin: not in gzip format
tar: Child returned status 1
tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now
install-tl-ubuntu: WARNING: tar failed
install-tl-ubuntu: we will try to restart the download/extract.
install-tl-ubuntu: downloading and extracting install-tl for time number 2...

gzip: stdin: not in gzip format
tar: Child returned status 1
tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now
install-tl-ubuntu: WARNING: tar failed
install-tl-ubuntu: we will try to restart the download/extract.
install-tl-ubuntu: downloading and extracting install-tl for time number 3...

gzip: stdin: not in gzip format
tar: Child returned status 1
tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now
install-tl-ubuntu: WARNING: tar failed
install-tl-ubuntu: we will try to restart the download/extract.
install-tl-ubuntu: downloading and extracting install-tl for time number 4...

gzip: stdin: not in gzip format
tar: Child returned status 1
tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now
install-tl-ubuntu: WARNING: tar failed
install-tl-ubuntu: we will try to restart the download/extract.
install-tl-ubuntu: downloading and extracting install-tl for time number 5...

gzip: stdin: not in gzip format
tar: Child returned status 1
tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now
install-tl-ubuntu: WARNING: tar failed
install-tl-ubuntu: we will try to restart the download/extract.
install-tl-ubuntu: downloading and extracting install-tl for time number 6...

gzip: stdin: not in gzip format
tar: Child returned status 1
tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now
install-tl-ubuntu: WARNING: tar failed
install-tl-ubuntu: we will try to restart the download/extract.
install-tl-ubuntu: downloading and extracting install-tl for time number 7...

gzip: stdin: not in gzip format
tar: Child returned status 1
tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now
install-tl-ubuntu: WARNING: tar failed
install-tl-ubuntu: we will try to restart the download/extract.
install-tl-ubuntu: downloading and extracting install-tl for time number 8...

gzip: stdin: not in gzip format
tar: Child returned status 1
tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now
install-tl-ubuntu: WARNING: tar failed
install-tl-ubuntu: we will try to restart the download/extract.
install-tl-ubuntu: downloading and extracting install-tl for time number 9...

gzip: stdin: not in gzip format
tar: Child returned status 1
tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now
install-tl-ubuntu: WARNING: tar failed
install-tl-ubuntu: we will try to restart the download/extract.
install-tl-ubuntu: downloading and extracting install-tl for time number 10...

gzip: stdin: not in gzip format
tar: Child returned status 1
tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now
install-tl-ubuntu: WARNING: tar failed
install-tl-ubuntu: we will try to restart the download/extract.
install-tl-ubuntu: downloading and extracting install-tl for time number 11...

gzip: stdin: not in gzip format
tar: Child returned status 1
tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now
install-tl-ubuntu: WARNING: tar failed
install-tl-ubuntu: ERROR: install-tl failed to download/extract 11 times. Aborting.
install-tl-ubuntu: ERROR: cannot find install-tl dir to cd into.
  • Welcome to TeX.SX! It's better to post error messages directly, not as images or links to another websites – user31729 Dec 2 '14 at 14:37
  • I thought it would be better not to do that because the terminal's output is long and repetitive. I won't do it again next time. Got an idea on how to solve it? – Ido Wolf Dec 2 '14 at 18:34
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Quick answer: use

sudo ./install-tl-ubuntu --hebrew --repository "REPO"

Where REPO is one chosen from here: http://www.ctan.org/mirrors/

More details: When a mirror is not working correctly, I do not see a robust way to detect it. I thought that bad mirrors were removed, as stated on the mirrors page:

Mon­i­tor­ing of the Mir­rors

We mon­i­tor mir­rors to check that they are up to date. If a mir­ror falls be­hind then mirror.ctan.org will not redi­rect to it, and it is not listed on this page.

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    Note that REPO must be provided in a form similar to: ftp://mirrors.dotsrc.org/ctan For example: sudo ./install-tl-ubuntu --hebrew -q ftp://mirrors.dotsrc.org/ctan – Sussch Jan 5 '15 at 8:55

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