[OS X TeX] Re: Installing unstable packages

Peter Dyballa Peter_Dyballa at Web.DE
Thu Feb 17 17:28:52 EST 2011

Am 17.02.2011 um 21:05 schrieb Theo Moore:

> my experience with tlmgr is rather limited to just installing new  
> packages

That's the only job tlmgr does well. Uninstalling a package does not  
work because each package belongs to some hierarchic set. So you'd  
have to remove this set, but this fail as well – because this set  
belongs to a collection. You can try to apply some force... I went  
through this when I tried to remove unnecessary documentation – or do  
you read the Asymptote documentation frequently in Chinese? Applying  
force it vanished – and tlmgr remembered this and never installed  

As long as you have the unstable PGF software in the system's local or  
your private tree it will be found before the "standard" software.  
That's much safer than the car traffic rule of right before left (or  
however this is spelled in English dialects).

A better option would be to set up a server for tlmgr (for example Tex  
Live Contributions, --repository http://tlcontrib.metatex.org/2010)  
which offers this unstable package with a release version a bit higher  
than that of the recent package. When this is updated the old unstable  
version would be removed and substituted with the updated stable one.



When in doubt, use brute force.
				– Ken Thompson

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