Setting a repo through tlmgr gui (pretest)

Lars Madsen daleif at
Fri Mar 8 14:06:30 CET 2019

It was rather strange, as the tcl installer gui worked just fine

The full tlmgr did not seem to be working with tcl

/Lars Madsen
Institut for Matematik / Department of Mathematics
Aarhus Universitet / Aarhus University
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From: tex-live < at> on behalf of Siep Kroonenberg <siepo at>
Sent: 08 March 2019 11:18
To: tex-live at
Subject: Re: Setting a repo through tlmgr gui (pretest)

On Fri, Mar 08, 2019 at 09:59:51AM +0000, Lars Madsen wrote:
> In addition, isn't the new tcl interface that is available for Windows and Mac, available for Linux users?

The Perl/Tk GUI is an extension of the command-line tlmgr. However,
the new GUIs, tlcockpit (Java) and tlshell (Tcl/Tk) are separate
programs: the GUI starts up first, and starts tlmgr as back end.

Note. The same is basically true for the installer GUIs.  Although
on Unix the tcl GUI is started by the install-tl perl script, this
is only by sleight of hand: first install-tl decides whether a tcl
interface is decided, and if so, it transfers control to the tcl
script, which starts install-tl again, but now as back end. Running
the tcl script directly works just as well.  We just did not want to
clutter the installer root with more programs than we could help.

Siep Kroonenberg

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