[OS X TeX] pdflatex and TL2008

Justin C. Walker justin at mac.com
Sat Sep 20 22:24:14 EDT 2008

Thanks, Simon,

On Sep 20, 2008, at 17:21 , Simon Spiegel wrote:
> On 20.09.2008, at 17:17, Justin C. Walker wrote:
>> 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 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 installation.).

A followup question: Does this explain why trying to update or install  
'pdflatex' by name, from several different mirrors, fails?


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