[tex-live] Is tlmgr 2008 now completely unusable?

Martin Schröder martin at oneiros.de
Wed Dec 2 16:05:58 CET 2009

2009/12/2 B Wooster <bwooster47 at gmail.com>:
> 1) tlmgr should report a better error message other than "location
> unusable" - which sounds like all one needs to do is to fix the
> location - but a better message would have been "2008 is now obsolete,
> no updates are available. Please install the current latest texlive
> for updates".

Seconded. OpenSUSE does that through a special "release" package which
gets updated from time to time. The one for 10.3 was updated lately
and made the package management represent me with a message that that
was the last update for 10.3 and would I please update my system.
Methinks tlmgr would benefit from such a mechanism.

> 2) http://www.tug.org/texlive/tlmgr.html should say which version it
> refers too and also state when old versions are obsoleted. Certainly
> should mention in the Disaster Recovery that the update tool should
> only be run on TL-2009 etc.

Seconded. At least we should have some hints for users of not-current
versions of TL.


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