[tex-live] TeXLive 2015 on Mac; TeX Live Utility

Maxwell, Adam R Adam.Maxwell at pnnl.gov
Sat Jun 13 01:51:13 CEST 2015

Hi Karl,

On Jun 12, 2015, at 16:29, Karl Berry <karl at freefriends.org>

> Adam and all - the release-texlive.txt madness is my fault.
> Profound apologies.

Given all of your work for the community, I'm happy to give you a pass!
Assembling TL is a non-trivial task.

> Therefore the output of tlmgr version, in an installation from the iso
> (or equivalent), is the four lines (exactly four lines):
> -------
> tlmgr revision 37488 (2015-05-23 19:58:40 +0200)
> tlmgr using installation: /u/local/texlive/2015
> TeX Live (http://tug.org/texlive) version 2015
> texlive-20150523
> -------
> Thus, I dearly hope that TLU is looking specifically at the third line,
> rather than the last nonblank line.  (People running from svn will see a
> blank fourth line rather than the release date.)

Yes, I look for the 3rd line (or, more specifically, a line starting with
"TeX Live"); note that I use tlmgr --version instead of looking directly
at the file.


> What I don't understand is why this error did not show up until after
> the official release.  Did no one ever try doing an install from the
> final installer packager, install-tl-20150523, and then run TLU?

I installed the 2015024 MacTeX package on my system at work, but
apparently never found time to run TLU, unfortunately. Sorry about that.

> On another front, the release year is in tlpdb.  That somehow seems a
> more reliable way to get the information than parsing the version
> output.  Do you read tlpdb now (I think the answer is no, but just
> asking)?  In any case, we could change tlmgr version to use that.

I can read tlpdb, but this version-checking code predates it. That would
be an easy switch to make, I think, and I'd be happy to get away from
parsing tlmgr --version output!


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