[OS X TeX] Using TeXLive Utility with TLContrib repository

Adam R. Maxwell amaxwell at mac.com
Tue Aug 8 07:20:22 CEST 2017

> On Aug 7, 2017, at 10:02 , Murray Eisenberg <murrayeisenberg at gmail.com> wrote:
> In a July 2017 emailing, TUG announced the TeX Live companion repository TLContrib, for contributed packages that cannot be included in TeXLive itself. The announcement has a link to the website:
>    http://contrib.texlive.info
> Questions: Is it feasible to add this repository to TeXLive Utility.app? 

Yes, I think you can add it. TLContrib has been around for a while, and it's been a long time since I looked at it.

>                 Are there any snags in doing so? For example, would this allow putting TLContrib packages into a local texmf tree (including ~/Library/texmf, if that’s where one has put local packages) so as to avoid losing such packages when the next release of TeXLive comes along?

Yes, there are snags, and no, it won't put stuff in ~/Library/texmf AFAIK. Tlmgr supports pinning certain packages to a repository, but TLU does not support that feature (in fact, it probably still breaks it). 

https://github.com/amaxwell/tlutility/issues/3 <https://github.com/amaxwell/tlutility/issues/3>

This is something I might revisit someday, but I don't know that anyone really uses it in practice (or would, if it were supported). I've only used LaTeX once in the last few years, so my interest in coding this is…slight.


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