To compile some old papers laying around as source, I wanted to install some old version of TeX Live.

I downloaded the install-tl-unx.tar.gz from ftp://tug.org/historic/systems/texlive/2014/tlnet-final

And then run:

TEXLIVE_INSTALL_PREFIX=texlive ./install-tl-20150411/install-tl --repository=ftp://tug.org/historic/systems/texlive/2014/tlnet-final

But there seems some problem with tar:

Installing [0001/3036, time/total: ??:??/??:??]: 12many [376k]
tar: texlive/2014/temp/12many.tar: Cannot open: No such file or directory
tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now
untar: untarring texlive/2014/temp/12many.tar failed (in texlive/2014/texmf-dist)
untarring texlive/2014/temp/12many.tar failed, stopping install.
Installation failed.

Whats happening here? Both the 12many.tar and the outputdirectory exist.

  • Where are you, where is the tar file and where is the output directory? Also, who are you?
    – cfr
    Jul 17 '16 at 0:10
  • Ah, it seems like TeX Live versions older than 2015 can not handle a relative path as TEXLIVE_INSTALL_PREFIX.
    – MaxNoe
    Jul 17 '16 at 10:04

TeX Live versions older than 2015 require an absolute TEXLIVE_INSTALL_PREFIX.

So this works:

export TEXLIVE_INSTALL_PREFIX=$(pwd)/texlive 
./install-tl-20150411/install-tl --repository=ftp://tug.org/historic/systems/texlive/2014/tlnet-final

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