[tex-live] Problems with updating TeXLive in Windows

Norbert Preining preining at logic.at
Wed Dec 17 22:57:14 CET 2008

On Tue, 16 Dec 2008, John Was wrote:
> Cannot read any package from http://mirror.ctan.org/systems/texlive/tlnet/2008/tlpkg/texlive.tlpdb, seems not to be a TLPDB! Cannot load Tex Live database from http://mirror.ctan.org/systems/texlive/tlnet/2008
>  at c:/program Files/texlive/2008/texmf/scripts/texlive/tlmgr.pl line 616

That seems to be quite bad, you seem to be trasferred to a very bad

> Thus, it seems that currently there is no reliable way to update the 
> installation on a Windows XP machine - though no doubt some packages could 

Please do the following:

1) install completely normally from DVD

2) get http://mirror.ctan.org/systems/texlive/tlnet/2008/update-tlmgr-latest.exe
   and run it

3) call
	tlmgr option location ctan
   or directly selection your mirror, eg
   	tlmgr option location http://your.mirror.ctan/path/to/tlnet/2008

4) call
	tlmgr update --list
   and examine the output, or directly call
   	tlmgr update --all

Best wishes


Dr. Norbert Preining <preining at logic.at>        Vienna University of Technology
Debian Developer <preining at debian.org>                         Debian TeX Group
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