[OS X TeX] TeX Live Utility/tlmr problem

Justin C. Walker justin at mac.com
Mon Nov 2 00:16:00 EST 2009

Hi, all,

On Nov 1, 2009, at 07:40 , Adam R. Maxwell wrote:
> On Oct 31, 2009, at 11:39 PM, Alessandro Languasco wrote:
>> sh-3.2# tlmgr update --all
>> tlmgr: package repository http://ftp.cstug.cz/pub/tex/tlnet/
>> /usr/local/texlive/2009/tlpkg/installer/xz/xzdec.universal-darwin:  
>> (stdin): File format not recognized
>> First directive needs to be 'name', not <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-// 
>> W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd 
>> "> at /usr/local/texlive/2009/tlpkg/TeXLive/TLPOBJ.pm line 123,  
>> <RETFH> line 1.
>> Trying again tlmgr update --self gives now the same error.
>> So it seems that the tlmgr auto-update on the mac (at least on  
>> mine...) installs some corrupted file.
>> I tried also to reinstall the TexLive Manager in TLU with no success.
> I just updated mine here:
> $ tlmgr --version
> tlmgr revision 15761 (2009-10-11 10:00:42 +0200)
> tlmgr using installation: /usr/local/texlive/2009
> TeX Live (http://tug.org/texlive) version 2009
> /usr/texbin/tlmgr --machine-readable --repository http://ftp.cstug.cz/pub/tex/tlnet/ 
>  update --list

I downloaded the Oct-22 MacTeX dmg, and it installed.  When I ran TLU,  
I got the same kind of problem others have seen using the above  
command, viz.

$ tlmgr --machine-readable --repository http:ftp.cstug.cz/pub/tex/ 
tlnet update --listg
location-url	http:ftp.cstug.cz/pub/tex/tlnet
tlmgr: package repository http:ftp.cstug.cz/pub/tex/tlnet
Cannot load TeX Live database from http:ftp.cstug.cz/pub/tex/tlnet at / 
usr/texbin/tlmgr line 3919.

'tlmgr' is the version you have (above).

After fooling around with a bunch of alternate mirrors, I clicked on  
the mirror URL at the bottom of the TLU pane.  It took me to a website  
showing only the 2008 TL directory. I tried a number of mirrors, and  
all showed the same thing.

Then I got a link from the TeX Live mirmon site, and pasted that into  
the prefs window.  From there, things seem to be going swimmingly.   
Or, at least, going.

Is this a Catch-22 or a Chicken/Egg thing?


PS: The Oct-22 dmg seems to have the fix for the "tries" typo in  

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