[tex-live] tlmgr reports success when not removing packages

Adam R. Maxwell amaxwell at mac.com
Sat Jun 30 20:21:00 CEST 2012

I recently had a TLU user report that package removal was claimed 
to succeed when it did not in fact remove anything.  Should tlmgr
exit with non-zero status when it refuses to remove a package?


$ sudo tlmgr remove alg
tlmgr: not removing alg, needed by collection-science
tlmgr: no packages removed.
$ echo $?

I could keep track of the packages requested for removal in TLU,
then see which (if any) were removed by comparing with a subsequent
listing.  However, it seems odd for tlmgr to report success when
it refuses to do what is asked :).

(and yes, I understand why it doesn't, and that I can force it)


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