[tex-live] "forcibly removed"??

Boris Veytsman borisv at lk.net
Thu Jul 19 13:40:20 CEST 2012

RF> Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2012 09:55:42 +0100
RF> From: Robin Fairbairns <Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk>

RF> updating this morning (on autopilot -- i believed nothing had changed),
RF> i was told

RF> $ tlmgr update --all
RF> tlmgr: package repository [local link to cambridge ctan]/systems/texlive/tlnet
RF> tlmgr: saving backups to /local/texlive/2012/tlpkg/backups
RF> skipping forcibly removed package biblatex-dw
RF> skipping forcibly removed package context-gnuplot
RF> [1/1, ??:??/??:??] update: texlive-docindex [187k] (27070 -> 27078) ... done
RF> tlmgr: package log updated at /local/texlive/2012/texmf-var/web2c/tlmgr.log
RF> [...]

RF> what does this "skipping" mean?  neither package has been removed
RF> (kpsewhich finds them); there's nothing in tlmgr.log about them.

This may happen if at an earlier update tlmgr was interrupted when
downloading or updating this package.  It seems tlmgr marks a package
'removed', removes the old version, then downloads it, then marks it
'installed'.  If the process is interrupted, the package is left in
the 'removed' state.  Probably it is a bug: there should be a special
state 'partially installed.

Anyway,  a command like 'tlmgr install context-gnuplot' will mark the
package for installation again

Good luck


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