[tex-live] Script to update packages

François Charette firmicus at ankabut.net
Sat Mar 10 17:57:47 CET 2007

Hello everyone,

Suppose you find out that a particular package you intensively depend on 
has recently been updated on CTAN. Instead of waiting for TeXLive 2008, 
you will probably rather download it and install it manually in either 
your $TEXMFHOME or $TEXMFLOCAL tree. But this is a bit tedious and 

Well, I have written a shell script, based on install-pkg.sh that comes 
with the live CD, to automate this task. Provided the package has been 
also updated on the TeX Live SVN repository (which in most cases happens 
soon after), the script will fetch the necessary files from the 
tug.org/texlive server via rsync. I doubt this would potentially create 
bandwidth problems, but Karl should definitively tell us whether this is 
acceptable or not.

In any case I am happy to provide this utility to whomever might be 
interested. However, I should add that I have not tested it more than 
moderately, and only on a Linux machine. For that matter, I have not 
made any attempt to ensure maximal portability of the script, e.g. by 
making use of the functions defined in the script utils.sh (also on the 
install CD).

Commentaries and improvements are of course welcome.


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