[tex-live] Feature requests tlmgr

Norbert Preining preining at logic.at
Tue Nov 16 13:59:42 CET 2010

On Di, 16 Nov 2010, Pander wrote:
> Is it possible to build one myself? Can I ask tlmgr if updates are
> available without upgrading immediately?

>   tlmgr update --list

You answered your own question, 
	tlmgr update --list

> For the latter command, only --list implies --list --all. Is it also
> possible to run --list --self? It seems this is not supported because it

update --list *IS* shows *ALL* updates, also those of texlive.infra
(more specifically those of the critical packages).

And if you want to automatize it I recommend reading the section
on MACHINE READABLE in the tlmgr manager, then you can easily parse
that and write a nice cron script, which you hopefully will send
back to the lsit here!

> Last question, is it possible to start tlmgr -gui and have it list only
> the available updates?

Not at the moment, but for that tlmgr gui is anyway overhead, you can 
write a very simple gtkdialog or whatever script that informs and then
calls tlmgr update --all --self!

Best wishes

Norbert Preining            preining@{jaist.ac.jp, logic.at, debian.org}
JAIST, Japan                                 TeX Live & Debian Developer
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