On Wednesday 16 September 2009 07:49 PM, George N. White III wrote:
>> holds for the setup.exe also. It would be great if we were allowed to
>> supply a custom repository (via http/ftp) on the UI. Or is there
>> another way to achieve this easily?
> There are many ways to mount a local ftp repository as a network drive.
> Whether they are "easy" depends on your local configuration (type of
> ftp server, firewalls, etc.).
> If you have Novell Netware you can use netDrive to map ftp servers
> to Windows drive letters.
> If your ftp server supports netBEUI and netBEUI is not blocked (e.g., by
> a firewall) you can configure a network drive in Windows XP/Vista without
> additional software. A typical university example is:
> There are a number of free programs such as:
Thanks very much for these options. I understand that we can do these
but we'd like to make things as easy as possible for new users. Asking
them to install another tool will sometimes put them off -- we'd like to
have more students using MiKTeX rather than proprietary software. So
the ideal option would be to have MiKTeX support specifying an explicit
URL to use. In any case, for the present we are going to put the
packages on a CD/DVD and distribute that but would really appreciate it
if the MiKTeX setup could make this easier.