[OS X TeX] Getting started with tlmgr (REVISITED)

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Sat Dec 6 15:15:24 CET 2008

On Dec 5, 2008, at 11:30 PM, Axel E. Retif wrote:

> On  5 Dec, 2008, at 11:11, Herbert Schulz wrote:
> [...]
>> Howdy,
>> Since updating of CTAN servers is asynchronous it may take a day or  
>> two for the server you are attached to to get a particular update.
> Robin Fairbairns told me in the TeX-Live mailing list to look into  
> Dante's mirror monitor:
>> www.dante.de/mirmon is a graphical front end to the information  
>> that mirror.ctan uses; mirror.ctan gives up on a site if the figure  
>> in the 3rd column is worse than 48 hours -- i.e., the site has  
>> missed at least two daily mirrors.
> Best,
> Axel


Note: I've changed the name of thread a bit but hope the thread will  
remain in tact.

This message gives me an opportunity to submit an updated document for  
setting up tlmgr with the MacTeX. The main difference between this  
version of the document and the previous concerns using a fixed server  
(at least for the update) with a small addition of instructions for  
disaster recovery if the update doesn't work.

For downloading MacTeX, Dick Koch put together a list of CTAN http://  
servers that seem to update in a timely fashion. A link to the list  
and instructions for setting up tlmgr for using one of these servers  
for the tlmgr update is included in the new document. Do not click on  
the server name in that list since it will start a download of MacTeX  
from that server (after all that is why the list exists); copy the  
name of the server and use that with the instruction in the document.

Please let me know of any confusion and/or problems.

Once you update tlmgr my suggestion is to set up the mirror link as  
the default again so that there can be load sharing. If the mirror  
link keeps taking you to slow or poor servers you can always go back  
to a fixed server using the instructions given.

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Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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