[XeTeX] TeXLive 2008

John Was john.was at ntlworld.com
Sun Nov 9 19:08:11 CET 2008

Dear Manuel

Thanks.  I think these linux-type commands will not work (or not like that) 
in a Windows environment, but I'll explore (both on the DVD and on CTAN) 
before I get down to the job.  I seem to recall that the advice was to 
uninstall a previous version before installing a new version, but of course 
there are then problems with small adjustments that one may have made to 
individual files while using the old distribution - so that previously 
solved problems recur and have to be tackled all over again.  I wouldn't be 
bothering with the current version at all except that some of the added 
features reported over the last year will occasionally be useful, and to 
have a fully functional version of PSTricks will be particularly valuable to 


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Manuel Pégourié-Gonnard" <mpg at elzevir.fr>
To: "Unicode-based TeX for Mac OS X and other platforms" <xetex at tug.org>
Sent: Sunday, November 09, 2008 5:53 PM
Subject: Re: [XeTeX] TeXLive 2008

John Was a écrit :
> I received the TeX Collection DVD recently and hope to install an
> updated version of XeTeX (Windows XP platform) when I've finished a
> current job.  But I think that the recent discussion on the list
> about bugs with PSTricks must have coincided with the time when the
> DVD was being produced:  presumably, in that case, better to go the
> CTAN site and install from there?  I do use PSTricks quite regularly,
> and have had trouble with some of its commands in the 2007
> distribution.
You can still install from the DVD (saving bandwidth) and, right after
installation, run

tlmgr option location http://mirror.ctan.org/systems/texlive/tlnet/2008
tlmgr update bin-texlive texlive.infra
tlmgr update --all

(setting updates from the net, then updating TL core packages first
(fixing important bugs) and updating all packages).

> If that is the case, are there any tips, and especially advice on how
> to update regularly on to a Windows platform?

It all boils down to running 'tlmgr update --all', but I don't know how
to run something regularly on Windows.

> Any advice appreciated.  I could cheat by installing experimentally
> on a spare PC, but it would be nice to get things working on my  main
> machine first time round.
Btw, if you have a TL'07 on your machine, you'd better removing any
reference to the old texlive in the PATH, and unsetting TEXMFCNF before
installation: sometimes an old TL or MikTeX interfers with installation
for some obscure reason.

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