The TL pretest is over. See you next year. The final version of this
page for the last pretest remains below, for the curious.
Pretesting TeX Live 2023
The entire TeX Live community greatly
benefits from all testing before the official release. The more people
who test in advance, the better the final release can be. It is also the
best opportunity to influence and improve the behavior of TL. Please
give it a try if you can.
As distributed, the pretest will not interfere with any existing
installations of TeX, either native TeX Live or operating system
On this page: downloading
You can retrieve the pretest files from one of
these hosts: copy-paste an http or ftp url when running the
installer directly, or use an rsync url for mirroring, as described
below. Our thanks to these sites for making their space and bandwidth
available. And more mirrors are welcome.
You can either do a network installation of TL or mirror the whole
- To do a network installation, download either
install-tl-unx.tar.gz (Unix) or install-tl.zip
(larger; Windows or Unix), unpack it, and run the included
install-tl script, as described below. To reiterate: you must
use install-tl from the pretest; trying to work with a TL installation
from previous years will fail completely.
- To mirror the whole directory, rsync is the most efficient method:
rsync -a --delete --exclude="*.pkg*" somemirror::/some/path/ /your/local/dir
Add -v if you want to see the names of the files as they
Add -L if your system does not support symbolic links.
After mirroring the directory, run the install-tl script, below.
You can use wget or other tools to mirror via http or ftp if you
must. Regardless of the method, do not fail to exclude
mactex* or you will be doubling the (already large) transfer.
On the other hand, if you are only interested in MacTeX, you can mirror/download only the full
mactex-*.pkg file (several gb) or mactex-basictex-*.pkg
(100+mb), as in, for the full MacTeX:
rsync -a --delete --include="mactex-2*" --exclude="*" somemirror::/some/path/ /your/local/dir
For regular installations via download (i.e., not mirroring), we
highly recommend installing the
LWP Perl package if you don't have it.
The pretest build runs nightly, ending by 04:00 Copenhagen time
unless something goes wrong. The mirror hosts should all be up to date
within a few hours after that. (Current time in Denmark: Friday, 29-Sep-2023 15:01:07 CEST.)
After downloading as above, you can run the script
install-tl (Unix) or install-tl-windows.bat (Windows)
to perform the installation. We just use install-tl as the
command name in these examples:
If you are performing a network installation, the pretest repository
location from which to install must be specified, as shown in
these examples (see downloading above for the
location urls). The location must be an ftp or http url (not
But in the case of installing from your own mirrored repository, you
should omit -repository location from the given command
- install-tl -repository location -gui text
for text (command line) mode; this is the default on normal Unix, but
not on Windows or Macs.
- install-tl -repository location -gui
is the default on Windows and Macs. It runs a Tcl/Tk-based GUI if
Tcl/Tk is available, simple at startup but with a button to invoke
the advanced interface. If Tcl/Tk is not available, falls back to
text mode. TeX Live includes a Tcl/Tk runtime for Windows.
For information on all of the installer options, run
install-tl --help, or see the install-tl documentation page.
After a successful installation, please first try simple test
documents, such as latex small2e and
pdflatex sample2e. If that works, even
more useful is to try your real-life documents, to check that they still
work as expected. If third-party packages have changed incompatibly,
their maintainers should be contacted directly.
After a successful installation, you can update from the
tlpretest repository using tlmgr from
time to time, if you wish. In the event of unusually drastic changes
during the pretest you may have to reinstall.
Please email bug reports, suggestions, comments on TeX Live itself
(the installation process, tlmgr, etc.) to email@example.com (archive). Bugs about
specific packages should be reported to the package maintainers; TeX
Live's basic job is to install (some of) what is on CTAN, not make
changes on top of it. Resources for general
questions and help using TeX are available.
Migrating from the pretest to the release
The last pretest build is usually close to the official release. If
you are using the standard directory setup, you can rename your pretest
installation (say, /usr/local/texlive/pretest) to the per-year
directory (/usr/local/texlive/2023) and change your search
path. The other change you will most likely need to make is to take updates
from CTAN again: tlmgr option repo ctan.
Then, after the release is made, a normal update
(tlmgr update --self --all) should sync with
whatever changes were made after the last pretest. The result should be
equivalent to doing a full installation.
TeX Live documentation is mostly updated; the translations
are in progress.
As always, there are pervasive updates to packages and programs.
We can't list them all, but here are the major user-visible changes in
the principal programs:
- As announced previously, TeX Live now contains 64-bit Windows
binaries instead of 32-bit. The new directory name is
bin/windows (it did not seem right to put 64-bit binaries into a
directory named with “32”). We know this will cause extra
work for Windows users, but there seemed no better alternative. See the
separate TeX Live Windows page for more.
- Cross-engine extensions
- In engines except for original TeX and e-TeX:
- \special followed by a new keyword
“shipout” delays expansion of the argument tokens
until \shipout time, as with a non-\immediate\write.
- “Raw” (u)ptex no longer built; (u)ptex now runs in
e(u)ptex's compatibility mode. Same for pTeX tools, listed below.
- New primitives: \tojis, \ptextracingfonts,
- For \font, new syntax for JIS/UCS is supported.
- luatex (full LuaTeX news)
- new primitive \variablefam to allow math characters to keep
their class while still letting the family adapt.
- improved r2l annotation areas
- cross-engine “late \special” described above.
- metapost (full MetaPost news)
- Bug fixes: svg->dx and svg->dy are now
double, for better precision; mp_begin_iteration
updated; memory leak in mplib fixed.
- pdftex (full pdfTeX news)
- new primitive \pdfomitinfodict to omit /Info
- new primitive \pdfomitprocset to control omitting
/ProcSet array: /ProcSet is included if this
parameter is negative, or if this parameter is zero and pdftex is
generating PDF 1.x output.
- with \pdfinterwordspaceon, if the current font's encoding
has a /space character at slot 32, it is used; otherwise,
the /space from the (new) default font pdftexspace
is used. That default font can be overridden with the new primitive
\pdfspacefont. This same new procedure is used for
- ptex et al.
(full pTeX news)
- As mentioned above, ptex now runs eptex in
compatibility mode instead of being built separately.
- pTeX tools (pbibtex, pdvitype, ppltotf, ptftopl) merged into
corresponding upTeX versions, running in compatibility mode.
- xetex (full XeTeX news)
- bug fix for \topskip and \splittopskip
computation when \XeTeXupwardsmode is active;
the cross-engine “late \special” described above.
- dvipdfmx (full dvipdfmx news)
- new option --pdfm-str-utf8 to make pdfmark and/or bookmark.
- bibtexu (full bibtexu news)
- This BibTeX variant is mostly upward-compatible with
bibtex, with much better
(Unicode-based) multilingual support. It's been in TL for some years.
- This year, more features to support CJK languages have been added,
some extended from the Japanese (u)pbibtex and other programs.
- kpathsea (full Kpathsea news)
- Support guessing input file encodings for Unix-ish platforms, as on
Windows; enabled for (e)p(la)tex, pbibtex, mendex.
- tlmgr (full tlmgr news)
- default to text interface on macOS.
- install core packages first, retry other packages once.
- simplistic checks for enough disk space.
- MacTeX and its binary folder universal-darwin
require macOS 10.14 or higher (Mojave, Catalina, Big Sur, Monterey,
Ventura). The x86_64-darwinlegacy binary folder, available only
with the Unix install-tl, supports 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and
- The GUI package in MacTeX now contains hintview, a macOS
viewer for HINT documents (created by the hitex and
hilatex engines for mobile devices; see the HiTeX web page
for more). The GUI package no longer installs a folder of documents,
replacing them with a short READ ME for new users and a
page about hintview.
- The Extras folder of additional TeX sofware on the DVD has
been replaced with a document containing links to download sites.
- As mentioned above, the new windows binary directory
contains 64-bit Windows binaries, and
- the bin/win32 binary directory is gone, since we cannot
support 32-bit and 64-bit Windows simultaneously.
- The i386-cygwin binary directory is gone, since Cygwin no
longer supports i386.
If you discover other changes that should be noted, please report them.
Such documentation improvements are useful to many people.
$Date: 2023/03/19 21:57:06 $;