[tex-live] tlmgr update --self fails

Robert B. Gozzoli r.b.gozzoli at gmail.com
Sat Nov 10 00:54:22 CET 2012

Dear Norbert and many of the members of the TeXLive group,
yesterday I was reading through the documentation of TeXLive, as I was
trying to use my university computer in my office, which is behind a proxy,
so not allowing me to update my version of TeXLive 2012.
I am studying ancient Egypt, so I am not a computer specialist. I use the
documentation however in order to understand whether it was possible to
overcome the problem.
I could not understand the Wget reference given in the TeXlive
documentation.. My office has Windows XP. I Googled here and there, and
maybe I have understood how to do it. I have disturbed/will disturb some
other lists about it.
The problem I see however is that the language in the documentation is
generically too specialised. I have spent 20 years of life for using the
computer as an efficient machine, I was not born with it, and my family did
not have one. LaTeX can be intimidating by its own, but I feel that
sometime the documentation might be not as helpful as it should be. Some
more examples should be given to explain some of the points. I may be dull,
I admit that. But in my stubbornness, I am trying to manage XeLaTeX.

I am not simply complaining, I would like to give my contribution not for
the code, I refer to better experts that me, but for the documentation, if
I can, in order to simplify the life to Humanists like me. At least for the
parts I can help for.

If my help is needed, I would be very glad to contribute.

Roberto Gozzoli,
Mahidol University International College,

On 9 November 2012 12:58, Norbert Preining <preining at logic.at> wrote:

> On Fr, 09 Nov 2012, Norbert Preining wrote:
> > can I asked you some test ... please:
> Did it myself already. Yes, this is a fix that works.
> We will push that to tlcritical today and probably to tlnet also.
> More later.
> Norbert
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Norbert Preining            preining@{jaist.ac.jp, logic.at, debian.org}
> JAIST, Japan                                 TeX Live & Debian Developer
> DSA: 0x09C5B094   fp: 14DF 2E6C 0307 BE6D AD76  A9C0 D2BF 4AA3 09C5 B094
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> ARTHUR  It probably seems a terrible thing to say, but you know what I
>         sometimes think would be useful in these situations?
> LINT.   What?
> ARTHUR  A gun of some sort.
> LINT.2  Will this help?
> ARTHUR  What is it?
> LINT.2  A gun of some sort.
> ARTHUR  Oh, that'll help. Can you make it fire?
> LINT.   Er...
> LINT.   Yes.
>                  --- Arthur and the Lintillas gaining the upper hand, Fit
> the
>                  --- Twelfth.
>                  --- Douglas Adams, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
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