[OS X TeX] pdflatex and TL2008

Simon Spiegel simon at simifilm.ch
Sat Sep 20 20:21:23 EDT 2008

On 20.09.2008, at 17:17, Justin C. Walker wrote:

> Hi, all,
> I installed TexLive 2008 a couple of weeks ago, and it worked  
> without a problem, until I updated with 'tlmgr'.  Now, 'pdflatex' is  
> missing, and if I specifically try to get that program, I get "not  
> found" (for 'install') or "strange - it's not there" (for 'update').
> I did a quick check of the mail from the list, but see nothing that  
> seems to relate directly to this.

I had the same problems, and after some mails with Karl Berry, the sad  
conclusion is this: tlmgr can ATM delete a package/program if  
something goes wrong during the update. The problem is that tlmgr  
currently deletes the item it updates before it makes sure that the  
update has actually been successful. So if something goes wrong during  
the download process of the update –  for example because of loss of  
network connection – you'll end up losing the particular thing you  
wanted to update. As I said, this has been confirmed by Karl and an  
update is in the making, but the sad conclusion is that tlmgr is not  
really safe at the moment (I had various packages and programs  
disappearing this week when I tried and re-tried to update my  


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