[tex-live] tlmgr --help

Victor Ivrii vivrii at gmail.com
Mon Sep 22 11:58:18 CEST 2008

On Mon, Sep 22, 2008 at 2:23 AM, Norbert Preining <preining at logic.at> wrote:
> There will not be new collections ;-) (most probably)
Nice to hear (there are almost 100 of them already). So basically

%tlmgr update --all

is everything what users need to know to feel themselves tlmgr-experts

However how one can learn about particular collection:

%tlmgr show foo-collection

explains that it consists of packages dealing with foo but does not
list them. Can package belong to more than one collection?

>> However documentation should be more complete, leaving no ambiguity at
>> least in the most crucial task
> Well, the case that new packages in already installed collections are
> reported as new is in fact an addition we did on your request.

> But, to be honest, if this is the only point of incomplete documentation
> of tlmgr then I would be overly happy, because tlmgr would be 99% fully
> documented ;-)))

Even if it was 99.99% fully documented at this moment the only command
every user must know

update --all

is only 90% documented since documentation does not tell that "new
packages belonging to installed collections are also installed";
I put 90% because packages are updated much more often than new appear
but you cannot say that "most likely there will be no new packages".


Victor Ivrii, Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Toronto

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