[OS X TeX] Naive tex live utility question
Adam M. Goldstein
z_californianus-dated-1286858348.a1eac5 at shiftingbalance.org
Thu Oct 7 00:37:06 EDT 2010
Ok---I get it. TLU will update the packages so long as TL is being updated in a given year, but then TLU will stop updating when TL itself is no longer being updated for that year.
I suppose it's the packages more than the binaries I'd be concerned about. If my system architecture hasn't changed, why would I need new binaries? Packages are likely to have bug fixes, etc. (We hope not new bugs though!)
Thanks for the helpful answer!
On Oct 6, 2010, at 18:28, Alan Munn <amunn at gmx.com> wrote:
> On Oct 6, 2010, at 5:49 PM, Adam M. Goldstein wrote:
>> Hi all
>> I feel that this must have been answered somewhere on the list or on a wiki somewhere, but I can't find it...
>> Suppose the maintainer of package X in TL 2010 releases an update. If I run the Tex Live Utility, will it bring my TL 2010 installation up to date? My impression is that, in the past, TeX Live for a given year is frozen once complete, and that, accordingly, the TLU will bring a tex live 2010 installation up to date as far as the frozen distribution. So after the distribution has been frozen there's no point in running TLU (at least for the purpose of updating packages). Is this right? Are things any different this year?
> I don't think this is quite an accurate description of how things work. TLU will continuously update packages (but not, AFAIK, binaries?) for most of a year. However, there is a particular stretch of time every year during which the new TeX Live is being created and the previous year does become frozen. So TLU will continuously update packages (and install new ones) until sometime in 2011 at which point it will stop updating things until a new TeX Live comes out.
> Alan Munn
> amunn at gmx.com
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