[tex-live] Problem updating using tlmgr

Torsten Andre qa at takb.net
Wed Jun 2 14:38:16 CEST 2010

George N. White III schrieb:
> On Wed, Jun 2, 2010 at 8:23 AM, Torsten Andre <qa at takb.net> wrote:
>> Norbert Preining wrote:
>>> On Mi, 02 Jun 2010, Torsten Andre wrote:
>>>> I installed tex-live 2008. I'd like to update to 2009 and I thought to
>>> Updates between releases are currently not supported. YOu have to
>>> reinstall TL 2009 completely a new.
> Watch out for the "symbolic links" option if you want to have TL2008
> and TL2009 both installed.  The links can only be used for one
> version, so it is generally better to simply adjust the path for the
> version you want to use.

Thanks for the hint! I think I'd messed that up. Though unfortunately
I'm stuck with the symlink from 2008, but I just added the path to 2009
before /usr/local/bin to my path so that works fine, too.

>>> >From TL 2009 to TL2010 there *MIGHT* be an update mechanism, but
>>> non of us had time till now to implement it, so don't hold oyur breath.
>>>> Well, whenever I try to update tlmgr always tells me that (I'm translating)
>>>> "the Tex Live database could not be loaded from $newroot. Please select
>>>> a different installation source..."
>>> Yes, because TL2008 is not available anymore on the normal CTAN mirrors.
>>>> the same error. I searched for different server but I always found hints
>>>> to select [2]. I installed tex-live from [1].
>>> Yes, TL2008 is not there anymore. CTAN cannot hold copies of
>>> 2008, 2009, and our currently running 2010 pretests. So CTAN holds
>>> only the current release, that is TL 2009.
>>>> Can someone tell me how to update texlive? Thank you very much!
>>> INstall TL2009 as new.
>>> [...]
>> Sorry to bother again, but I tried to install texlive 2009 using the net
>> install. I ran ./install-tl which was really slow. So I decided to selct
>> a host nearby but that failed. Trying different hosts from [1] they all
>> failed with the same error message:
>> :~/tmp/install-tl-20100512$ ./install-tl -repository
>> http://sunsite.informatik.rwth-aachen.de/ftp/pub/mirror/ctan/
>> Installing TeX Live 2009 from:
>> http://sunsite.informatik.rwth-aachen.de/ftp/pub/mirror/ctan
>> Platform: i386-linux => 'Intel x86 with GNU/Linux'
>> Distribution: net  (downloading)
>> Using URL: http://sunsite.informatik.rwth-aachen.de/ftp/pub/mirror/ctan
>> Directory for temporary files: /tmp
>> Loading
>> http://sunsite.informatik.rwth-aachen.de/ftp/pub/mirror/ctan/tlpkg/texlive.tlpdb
>> TLDownload::get_file: response error:
>>  404 Not Found
> This is because tlmgr needs not the top-level CTAN directory but the full
> path down to the "tlnet" directory (e.g., from the install document):
> -repository http://ctan.example.org/its/ctan/dir/systems/texlive/tlnet
>> [...]
>> Am I missing something? Thanks again.
>> [1] www.ctan.org/mirrors
> The installer is not tied to the CTAN directory structure (it can be
> used with local mirrors that contain only the tlnet data).

Here we go! That was fun, everything worked. In the manual I didn't not
understand that I actually have to specify the path to tlnet, but
reading it again I guess it makes sense. Thank you for pointing that out!


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