[OS X TeX] How to update MacTex

Victor Ivrii vivrii at gmail.com
Thu Oct 2 17:48:59 EDT 2008

On Thu, Oct 2, 2008 at 5:36 PM, Jung-Tsung Shen <jushen at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 10/2/08, Victor Ivrii <vivrii at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Thu, Oct 2, 2008 at 5:01 PM, Jung-Tsung Shen <jushen at gmail.com> wrote:
>>  > I keep wondering why the user friendly Mac does not have a (La)TeX
>>  > package manager as that in MikTeX yet? Are there serious technical
>>  > barrier? The feature will be very useful to the beginners (including
>>  > me).
>> Surprise, surprise! It has now! If you have MacTeX2008 type t tlmgr
>>  --help in terminal
>>  and updates are coming faster than to MikTeX!
> Thanks for the information. I was happy with my then current setup so
> I did not upgrade. Now there's enough incentives ... :-) Since I
> haven't installed yet, so the question: is this tlmgr only updates the
> existing packages, or it does grab something that is being called but
> not installed?

1) MacTeX2008 is a HUGE step in comparison with 2007, both are based
on the corresponding versions of TL. Standard install installs all the
packages (and binaries) in TL2008;
2) tlmgr update --all updates everything with the exception of
packages belonging to collections which are not installed; new
packages added to the installed collections are installed; this
applies to binaries
3) However tlmgr   does not watch after tex run (nor tries to grab
missing packages).
4) Let makes clear: neither tlmgr nor mpm (MikTeX package manager)
take from CTAN packages as submitted; these packages must be repacked
in the special way. It usually takes few days
5) TL does not include some packages (may be they just missed some but
after initial requests there these animals became almost extinct or
due to licensing). The same is true for MikTex. You need to do it

> JT
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Victor Ivrii, Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Toronto

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