[tex-live] tlmgr update problem

Maxwell, Adam R adam.maxwell at pnl.gov
Tue Apr 13 17:43:02 CEST 2010

On Apr 13, 2010, at 08:28, Norbert Preining wrote:

> 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.

They seem to be related to the packages that didn't decompress; I noted a 
lot of similar names.

>> 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?

Yes.  I was using TeX Live Utility, which forces you to do that :).

>>>> 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.

My dad always said I could break a steel ball…

>> 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.

I'll check when I get home tonight.  However, there were a bunch of packages
that successfully decompressed and installed, so I think xz is present and
working.  There were no failure messages until I connected to VPN, at
which point xz was probably being fed HTML from an error page instead of
compressed data.


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