[tex-live] in the future, you can modify the update model?

Pablo Alfonso González Luengo pablgonz at educarchile.cl
Thu Apr 12 16:21:19 CEST 2018

Hello to all the TexLive developers (great job). For many years I have used
this distribution and one of its biggest advantages is the update of
packages from ctan via tlmgr.

Year after year I am installing the "pretest" versions and I am assailed by
a doubt or idea that is more accurate. I mean, from my point of view (I'm
not a developer) TexLive is divided into two main components:

1. The packages published in ctan, where some are constant and others
update almost daily via tlmgr.
2. The base files of the binary / executable / script distribution such as
lua, context, xetex, pdftex, scripts, libraries which are updated once a

Then, I think, will it be possible to divide these two points to update
them independently ?, that is, to be able to constantly update base files
of the system, something like having the updated "pretest" version (like a
rolling)  in the system if you as a user I decide.
In this way you could review the new implementations and remove errors (if
there are any).
Greetings to all
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