[tex-live] Feature requests tlmgr

Pander pander at users.sourceforge.net
Tue Nov 16 20:24:50 CET 2010

On 2010-11-16 20:20, George N. White III wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 9:43 AM, Pander <pander at users.sourceforge.net> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I would like to propose the following feature requests for TeX Live.
>> 1) Can the installer ask if a cron job will be installed that will check
>> twice a day if updates are available and will pop up tlmgr GUI? This is the
>> same idea as Ubuntu's update manager.
>> 2) Can the installer offer an option to enable e-mail notification when
>> updates are available for server installation? This is the same idea as
>> http://www.digipedia.pl/man/doc/view/apticron.1/
>> 3) Also provide documentation to enable, disable and configure this after an
>> installation has been done.
>> Apticron is scheduled for 13:00 and 19:00 hours. Perhaps 13:10 and 19:10
>> would be conveniend times.
> What problem are you trying to solve? 

I would like to have automated notification when updates are available
for my desktop (pop-up) and for my server (e-mail). So I don't have to
chekc manually if updates are there for all the different systems.

Adam Maxwell has a good script for Mac. I will contribute my code for

The download and upgrade processes itself work perfectly.

 Here, updates run quickly, and it is good
> to see what is changing, so it isn't worth the bother to automate updates.  What
> is worthwhile is having a local mirror if you aren't near enough to a
> mirror site.
> If you have a partial installation, the local mirror provide
> convenient access to
> packages you don't have installed.   If you have a complete install then you
> need to download "everything", so if downloading is the bottleneck then a
> local mirror is useful.
> A couple years ago my systems ran 7/24 and were often running multi-day
> builds.  Now the builds mostly run in under an hour, so the system are
> turned on as needed.  Ubuntu and TL updates both use local mirrors.

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