[tex-live] tlmgr update problem

Norbert Preining preining at logic.at
Tue Apr 13 17:28:54 CEST 2010

On Di, 13 Apr 2010, Adam R. Maxwell wrote:
> $ tlmgr check all
> Argument "             1 1 dummy " isn't numeric in numeric ne (!=) at /usr/local/texlive/2009/tlpkg/TeXLive/TLTREE.pm line 86.

That is ok ...

>  Files mentioned in tlpdb but missing (relative to /usr/local/texlive/2009):
> 	texmf-dist/fonts/tfm/public/knitting/knitwg.tfm
> 	texmf-dist/tex4ht/ht-fonts/alias/libertine/fxlb-xl-02.htf
> [*** snip 7000 lines ***]

ouuuuchhhhhhhh ......... that sounds *really* bad .... like a big crash.

> open(/usr/local/texlive/2009/texmf-dist/fonts/misc/xetex/fontmapping/polyglossia/arabicdigits.tec) failed: No such file or directory at /usr/local/texlive/2009/tlpkg/TeXLive/TLUtils.pm line 2009.

Ouch ...

Did you update texlive.infra *before* updating all the rest?

> >> I also noticed some complaints about "uninitialized value $out in
> >> concatenation...at /usr/texbin/tlmgr line 508" but that may be
> >> irrelevant.

That is really strange, because it means that the
	` ... `
in TLUtils::run_cmd didn't work, which is rather surprising.

It really seems that you hosed something more than normal.

> I can try reproducing this tonight, if needed.  I still have the source files
> for the install, and can easily connect to VPN while running an update.

I have absolutely no idea what has happened here, but $out above should
definitely not be undefined if at least xzdec was started. But it seems
that even that is missing?

Do you have your ROOT/tlpkg/installer/xz/xz.$ARCH and can execute it?

I can only imagine that the xz binary is hosed and cannot be executed.

Best wishes

Norbert Preining            preining@{jaist.ac.jp, logic.at, debian.org}
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