compliation failure of minimal latex documents

Joseph Wright joseph.wright at
Tue Feb 4 21:54:06 CET 2020

On 04/02/2020 20:37, Norbert Preining wrote:
> Hi Jack,
>>> To be fair, I don't have collection-latexrecommended installed; instead I
>>> have several its packages installed individually.  I try to keep my
>> We (TeX Live) do not guarantee that this will work, and we *never* said
>> that it will work.
>> You seem to have l3kernel installed, but not l3backend, which is in
>> collection-latexrecommended, but NOT l3backend, which is in the same
>> collection.
> And, in addition, you seem to have installed packages with
> 	--no-depends
> because installing l3kernel does require already l3backend:
> [~] tlmgr install l3kernel
> tlmgr: package repository /home/norbert/public_html/tlnet (verified)
> [1/2, ??:??/??:??] install: l3backend [12k]
> [2/2, 00:00/00:00] install: l3kernel [145k]
> running mktexlsr ...
> done running mktexlsr.

I suspect the flow has been something like

- Install l3kernel some time ago, before l3backend was a dep
- Update just LaTeX
- Find the issue


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