tlmgr (was: [OS X TeX] MacTeX-2008)

Joseph C. Slater PE, PhD joseph.slater at wright.edu
Wed Sep 10 14:49:11 CEST 2008


On Sep 9, 2008, at 2:57 PM, Axel E. Retif wrote:

> On  9 Sep, 2008, at 08:14, Herbert Schulz wrote:
>
>> Howdy,
>>
>> When using the gui and clicking on the Update All button I got a  
>> single update even though multiple packages were listed for update.  
>> Maybe that was the effect of using the mirror. Using a single  
>> server rather than the mirror is probably the best way to avoid  
>> that problem but I doubt it makes CTAN happy.
>
> I guess if we all choose the utah.edu mirror, it wouldn't make CTAN  
> (*and* the University) very happy; but I think that if I choose a  
> mirror close to my location (in my own city, as a matter of fact) no  
> harm is done.
>
> Anyway, I behaved like a good citizen and, without doing any changes  
> to the defaults, did the upgrade and everything went well.
>
> Now I'm thinking, though... For me is very important to have my two  
> machines (desktop and laptop) perfectly in sync as far as my work,  
> fonts and TeX is concerned ---what happens if when upgrading both  
> machines one uses one mirror and the other another mirror, and end  
> up with different versions of some packages, or worse, different  
> binaries?
>

Victor has been diligently documenting this on the mactex wiki. It  
would be good if the conclusions of this discussion made it on there  
too. I don't have time to follow it all, but appreciate everyone's  
effort on this. I'm sure to be a beneficiary.
Joe
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