[OS X TeX] TeX Live Utility 1.49 fails to update old TeXLive 2019 and leaves it unusable.

George Tourlakis gt at cse.yorku.ca
Fri Jul 9 17:21:04 EDT 2021

Hi Adam,

I enlisted sufficient strength of will to do this a 3rd time this time on my desktop (running Mojave — on purpose, not out of  laziness).

I started at 12:30pm and finished just now!

It succeeded, and I can only guess it might be because the updater asked THIS TIME that I install two “critical” updates before I do anything else.

> 2021-07-09 16:31:30 +0000 Notice -[TLMMainWindowController _handleListUpdatesFinishedNotification:][5300]	Critical updates detected: (
>     "texlive.infra",
>     "texlive.infra.x86_64-darwin"
> )

What did the installer do differently other than advising the above?

1) Unlike previous attempts it did not bypass not installed packeages. It added them.

(likely because of 1. )

2) It took a lot of time.


> On Jul 9, 2021, at 11:23 AM, Adam R. Maxwell via MacOSX-TeX <macosx-tex at email.esm.psu.edu> wrote:
>> On Jul 9, 2021, at 08:12 , George Tourlakis <gt at cse.yorku.ca <mailto:gt at cse.yorku.ca>> wrote:
>>> 4) Open Tex Live Utility, then
>>> Configure > Change Default TeX Live Version… > TeX-Live 2019
>>> Configure > Manage Repositories > +
>>> ftp://tug.org/historic/systems/texlive/2019/tlnet-final <ftp://tug.org/historic/systems/texlive/2019/tlnet-final>
>>> Use As Home
>> Yep, that’s the link.
>> I have done all this twice, BUT…
> You should not need to do this. TeX Live Utility knows about the historic repositories from 2008-2020 and will select the correct one for you.
> If this is repeatable, it would help to have the diagnostics for xz etc. while the tree is in a non-functioning state, although there's not much I can do if tlmgr is misbehaving.
> thanks,
> Adam
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