[OS X TeX] Getting started with tlmgr

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Fri Dec 5 15:40:47 CET 2008

On Dec 4, 2008, at 9:51 PM, Gary L. Gray wrote:

> On Dec 4, 2008, at 10:48 PM, Gary L. Gray wrote:
>> On Dec 4, 2008, at 7:54 PM, Herbert Schulz wrote:
>>> Howdy,
>>> As part of TeX Live 2008 (and therefore MacTeX 2008) there is a  
>>> CLI program called tlmgr which can be used to update the TeX  
>>> distribution. Unfortunately the first version of tlmgr, as  
>>> supplied in the present MacTeX 2008, has some bugs and needs to be  
>>> updated before using it to update the distribution.
>>> Attached is a short document to get you started with tlmgr as  
>>> supplied in MacTeX 2008 and BasicTeX 2008. It gives instructions  
>>> for setting up and updating tlmgr and then gives a bit of  
>>> information on the simplest way to get all available updates to  
>>> the distribution. There is more information on use found in a  
>>> document that came with MacTeX 2008 in /Applications/TeX/Utilities/.
>>> <TlmgrMacTeX.pdf>
>> Thanks Herb. When I ran the first command:
>> sudo tlmgr option location http://mirror.ctan.org/systems/texlive/tlnet/2008
>> I got:
>> sudo: tlmgr: command not found
>> which is very odd since I have messed with the command before,  
>> though it has been some weeks. I never did tell it to install  
>> anything, but it did exist.
> OK, now really bad stuff is happening. When I issue:
> loon:Dynamics gray$ pdflatex Main.tex
> I get:
> -bash: pdflatex: command not found
> which is definitely new.
> Can someone guide me on how to recover all my TeX related commands?
> -- Gary


Now I feel terrible... I don't know what happened on your system but  
it doesn't look very good.

You may try following the instructions for disaster recovery by  
downloading and running the .sh script at <http://www.tug.org/texlive/tlmgr.html 
 >. Outside of that it may take a re-install of MacTeX 2008.  Did you  
get the TUG DVD? Then you can re-install from that.

I've been reviewing the instructions and may have a solution to the  
problem although it shouldn't happen any more since things have  
settled down and the servers should be in synch by now.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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