[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
Sat Jul 10 13:24:22 EDT 2021

Hi, Mike:

No, my “TeX Programs” is set correctly. I just ran the update (for 2019) again on my laptop this time (Big Sur).

This time I was asked to install the “critical updates” first. I did.

Yet the update failed. So, the success on the other OS X (Mojave) was probably “random”.

Hi, Adam:

The three tests you suggested in an earlier reply to me are as follows (AFTER failed update): Two of them zz and testing the executables path work.

BUT: the fmt’s are not there. Nothing listed:

> [gts-AIR:~] george% ls /usr/local/texlive/2019/bin/x86_64-darwin/fmt*
> ls: No match.

I think there is something wrong with the phases of the moon, or we have here a nondeterministic piece of software (tlmgr).


I attach log.


> On Jul 10, 2021, at 5:14 AM, Michael Hoppe <mh at michael-hoppe.de> wrote:
> FWIW: I remember to encounter a similar problem a year ago or so.  The reason for that failure was a wrongly set path in TexLive Utility.  Be sure to set the symbolic link /Library/TeX/texbin as «Tex programs» in the preferences of TLU.
> Mike
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