tlmgr (was: [OS X TeX] MacTeX-2008)

Vincent McGarry vmcgarry at
Mon Sep 8 20:30:54 EDT 2008

On Sep 8, 2008, at 6:48 PM, Herbert Schulz wrote:

> On Sep 8, 2008, at 5:22 PM, Vincent McGarry wrote:
>> In attempting to use tlmgr update --all, I get the following message:
>> Cannot read any package from 
>> , seems not to be a TLPDB!Cannot load TeX Live database from 
>>  at /usr/texbin/tlmgr line 616.
>> which means what?
>> Vince McGarry
> Howdy,
> I've seen that too and my guess is that the server is being  
> overwhelmed with requests and is timing out. I've managed to get  
> some downloads and then a stall. I'm also getting messages that some  
> of the items I've already installed via tmgr are newer than those in  
> the server's database!? Now what could cause that?
> Good Luck,
> Herb Schulz
> (herbs at

Well, I did get it going, but the process seems very quirky, to say  
the least. I've gotten the announcement of items installed by tlmgr  
being newer than on the server. I've also seen perl stop operating.  
That froze the download. But the download will freeze even if perl  
continues to operate. It always seems to freeze on install, not  
remove. This concerns me---I noticed it happen with the caption  
package and it was after several attempts at using tlmgr, where some  
other files were updated before the freezes, that I finally saw  
caption installed.

Vince McGarry

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