[OS X TeX] Question about TL manager and package updates
herbs at wideopenwest.com
Thu May 14 08:56:56 EDT 2009
On May 13, 2009, at 9:53 PM, Adam M. Goldstein wrote:
> Hi all
> This is only really tangentially about TL manager---more about a
> side-effect of its use.
> When I check for updates, often I find that the packages have
> changed in size only by a few hundred kb. For instance, tonight, I
> found that hyperref was listed as having changed, from 12,636kb to
> 12,984kb. On the one hand, it could be that every line of code has
> been rewritten and it came out to nearly the same length. Ok, that's
> an exaggeration, but you get the idea. On the other hand, it might
> be that nothing really important has changed, a bunch of comments
> were added, or its managed to take up a small amount of space on a
> new sector of the disk at CTAN and now the size is being reported as
> Is my frequently checking for updates leading to downloading the
> same packages again and again?
> I realize that there is no single answer to this question, but maybe
> there is a general rule.
> Thanks all for considering my question.
Sometimes adding or deleting a single character (e.g., a missing or
misplaced %) can fix a problem. Finding kinds of things can drive you
My impression is that there is a ``version number'' of sorts in the
TeX Live Data Base used by tlmgr and when that updates tlmgr ``knows''
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