[tex-live] tlmgr --self

Norbert Preining preining at logic.at
Thu Jul 30 12:49:56 CEST 2009

On Do, 30 Jul 2009, Uwe Siart wrote:
> I would have expected that 'tlmgr update --all' brings the entire
> installation to the state of the repository, regardless of a previous
> 'tlmgr update --no-install --all'. So that with every tlmgr call I can
> decide whether to update only installed packages or whether to get
> installed every available thing.

No, that is not a good idea. It would mean that tlmgr --force remove pkg
followed by a tlmgr update --all would reinstall pkg, which is not what
I believe a user expects.

> To my thinking it would then be self-evident that if someone removed
> packages and he wants to keep them removed he must never call 'tlmgr
> update --all'. So if someone wants to maintain a partially installed TL
> he must be aware to use '--no-install --all' instead of '--all' alone.
> That's what I would expect. But if this behaviour is not acceptable in
> either case or if it takes too much effort to implement, don't care. It
> would be nice to have but I can also live without.

Implementing is not the problem, but our idea is that tlmgr update --all
tries to get as close to the master repository as possible while honoring
the user's decision to remove some packages.

Best wishes


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