[OS X TeX] TeX Live Utility 1.49 fails to update old TeXLive 2019 and leaves it unusable.
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Thu Jul 8 23:28:08 EDT 2021
I am no specialist, but I would advise to reinstall MacTeX 2019 and update
it as follows (especially if you have a fast internet connection).
(Please bear with me if these instructions are too basic for you.)
1) Download mactex-20190508.pkg from
(or another mirror from http://www.tug.org/mactex/faq/3-4.html).
2) Install it as usual.
3) If your version of TeX Live Utility is older than 1.49, download the
last version of from
(direct link for current version 1.49:
unzip it and replace your old version with this one.
4) Open Tex Live Utility, then
Configure > Change Default TeX Live Version… > TeX-Live 2019
Configure > Manage Repositories > +
Use As Home
On Fri, 9 Jul 2021 at 04:56, Adam R. Maxwell via MacOSX-TeX <
macosx-tex at email.esm.psu.edu> wrote:
> On Jul 8, 2021, at 12:38 , George Tourlakis <gt at cse.yorku.ca> wrote:
> Hi Adam,
> I did not notice that the log was in two segments.
> I trust the following is complete.
> 2021-07-08 18:55:31 +0000 Notice tlu_ipctask Beginning download and
> installation of packages
> 2021-07-08 18:55:32 +0000 Warning tlu_ipctask TLPDB::_install_package:
> unsupported container format xz
> 2021-07-08 19:30:53 +0000 Warning tlu_ipctask sh: fmtutil-sys:
> command not found
> This is concerning: it looks like files are missing from the system, or
> else the /Library/TeX/texbin symlink is broken and tlmgr can't find them.
> This command
> $ ls /usr/local/texlive/2019/bin/x86_64-darwin/fmt*
> should show fmtutil and friends. This one
> $ ls /usr/local/texlive/2019/tlpkg/installer/xz
> should show an xz binary. Also,
> $ ls -L /Library/TeX/texbin
> should show a long list of executables.
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