pretest: error with tlmgr and lz4 backups

Norbert Preining preining at
Sat Mar 2 23:31:30 CET 2019

Hi Johannes,

thanks for checking and reporting back!

On Sat, 02 Mar 2019, Johannes Hielscher wrote:
>          tlwarn("$0: Couldn't compress $destdir/$tarname\n");
>          return (0,0, "");
>        }
> -      # make sure we remove the original tar since lc does not 
> -      # automatically remove it
> -      unlink("$destdir/$tarname") if (-r "$destdir/$tarname");
> +      # make sure we remove the original tar since old lz4 versions
> +      # cannot automatically delete it
> +      unlink("$destdir/$tarname") if ((-r "$destdir/$tarname")
> +                                   && (-r "$destdir/$containername"));

Immediately after this there is the code
	  # compute the size.
	  if (! -r "$destdir/$containername") {
	    tlwarn ("$0: Couldn't find $destdir/$containername\n");
	    return (0, 0, "");
so a missing compressed file will be detected.

What would not unlinking help in this case? The .tar file would remain
in the backup directory, but tlmgr does not recognizes it for restore
purposes. Users would need to manually restore from the tar.

Furthermore, we already check for the exit code of the compressor
program, so while I see the chance that something strange happens, I
don't think leaving .tar files around would be helpful in these rare



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