[tex-live] Fixing tlmgr errors: Unknown docfile tag

Rick Graham rickhg12hs at gmail.com
Tue Sep 17 00:39:51 CEST 2013

Can confirm that your first option worked for me.

You may want to change the filename in:


... to update-tlmgr-latest.sh


On Sun, Sep 15, 2013 at 10:50 PM, Norbert Preining <preining at logic.at>wrote:

> Dear all,
> as said, for a short period a few days ago a broken tlpdb escaped
> into the wild.
> If you are stuck with a tlmgr that on most operations says something like:
> Unknown docfile tag:
>  texmf-dist/doc/latex/pythontex/pythontex_quickstart.pdf details=""Quick
> start" documentation" at
> /usr/local/src/texlive/texlive/2013/tlpkg/TeXLive/TLPOBJ.pm line 127, <TMP>
> line NNNNNN.
> The you have two options to fix it:
> * get the update-tlmgr-latest.sh or .exe from
>   http://mirror.ctan.org/systems/texlive/tlnet/
>   and run it. After that further tlmgr invocations should succeed.
> * open your texlive.tlpdb (located in .../2013/tlpkg/texlive.tlpdb)
>   with a text editor, go tot line NNNNN (that NNNNN that is given
>   at the end of the error message, see above). You should see a line
>          texmf-dist/doc/latex/pythontex/pythontex_quickstart.pdf
> details=""Quick start" documentation"
>   change that line to look like
>          texmf-dist/doc/latex/pythontex/pythontex_quickstart.pdf
> details="Quick start documentation"
>   (do *not* remove the initial <space>, only remove the two " characters
>   around 'Quick start')
>   and save the file.
>   After that further tlmgr invocations should also succeed.
> Hope that helps, sorry for the inconveniences
> Norbert
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