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Until now, I am installing TeX Live via the network and I'm using http://mirror.ctan.org/systems/texlive/tlnet/install-tl-unx.tar.gz to get the installer. However, since TeX Live 2017 was released, this URL will give me the installer for TeX Live 2017, which breaks for me for some edge cases. I need to install TeX Live 2016 explicitly, however I can't seem to find the correct URL for the installer. What I found is ftp://tug.org/historic/systems/texlive/2016/install-tl-unx.tar.gz, but when I try to install it with the same commands as for the usual installer I get

./install-tl: The TeX Live versions of the local installation
and the repository being accessed are not compatible:
      local: 2016
 repository: 2017
Perhaps you need to use a different CTAN mirror?
(For more, see the output of install-tl --help, especially the
 -repository option.  Online via http://tug.org/texlive/doc.)

Does anyone know how I can explicitly get the installer for TeX Live 2016?

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  • you can get the 12MB large installer from here: chip.de/downloads/… , but the complete .iso is another story
    – naphaneal
    Jul 18 '17 at 15:49
  • @naphaneal The only really interesting thing are the mirrors.
    – TeXnician
    Jul 18 '17 at 15:53
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    You have the correct installer, but you need to tell it to use the historical FTP repo not the mirror network. That's covered in tex.stackexchange.com/questions/25089/…: not sure if this is therefore a dupe or not ...
    – Joseph Wright
    Jul 18 '17 at 15:57
  • @TeXnician I wonder if there's an archive of some sort, which provides previous versions.
    – naphaneal
    Jul 18 '17 at 15:58
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    @naphaneal That is tug.org/historic: it's just a question of telling the installer to use it. (The historical archive is all unmodified from the release versions, so the default download location is the mirror network.)
    – Joseph Wright
    Jul 18 '17 at 16:02