[OS X TeX] Re: TeX Live (MacTeX) 2010 Developement has Started.
herbs at wideopenwest.com
Fri May 14 16:55:43 EDT 2010
On May 14, 2010, at 3:32 PM, Alan Munn wrote:
> On May 14, 2010, at 4:26 PM, Alan T Litchfield wrote:
>> On 14/05/2010, at 11:55 PM, Herbert Schulz wrote:
>>> Once that update is done there will be no more---at least for a while! There is some talk that there may end up being an update of tlmgr that will allow the continued update of ``packages'' (and fonts but no binaries) at a later date. By that time I suspect that MacTeX-2010 will be out so you can get the updated binaries by installing MacTeX(TeX Live)-2010.
>> Realising there are other priorities, if this could be achieved it would be appreciated. I have in the past missed out on vital package updates because I have relied on the updater to find and install them but the updater itself had no awareness of the updated packages (admittedly that was using MiKTeX and some time ago).
> Herb, will TL 2010 be installable just by using the TeXLive Utility once it's ready, though? Or will we have to download the whole MacTeX package again?
Well... it appears that I had it wrong in my initial statement that tlmgr won't update binaries. In fact tlmgr has the ability to update binaries but, in practice, that has never been used. This is because on the fly binary changes would have to be compiled and available for many different platforms and that would generated way too much work and testing for folks.
However, plans are that when TeX Live (TL) 2010 comes out tlmgr (and therefore TeX Live Utility) will be able to update the binaries in TL 2009 to those of TL 2010. So it sounds like binaries will be updated once a year with the introduction of the new version of TL. Then, again once TL 2010 comes out, tlmgr will behave as before and you will basically have a full 2010 system although it will be under /usr/local/texlive/2009/... and update as before.
Hope that wasn't too muddled.
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)
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