[tex-live] Another Problem in update

George N. White III gnwiii at gmail.com
Sun Dec 28 17:41:30 CET 2008

On Sat, Dec 27, 2008 at 9:42 PM, Fengnan Gao <fnsteed at hotmail.com> wrote:
>>>> --
>>> I'm a Emacs user, but I don't know how to use a M-x shell. Some more
>>> hint?
>> If you press the <Alt> key and then "x" you should get the M-x prompt.
>> Just type
>> "shell<CR>" and you should get a window with the cmd prompt where you can
>> enter commands.   I looked for a youtube video to show this, but
>> didn't find one.
> Thanks, but I only need the "shell <CR>" part. Thanks again for your
> searching a
> video.
> Then the full output is like this:
> d:\localwares\emacs-22.3\bin>tlmgr update -all
> tlmgr update -all
> tlmgr: installation location
> ftp://ftp.riken.go.jp/pub/tex-archive/systems/texlive/tlnet/2008/
> bin-tlperl.win32: local revision (11607) is newer than revision in
> ftp://ftp.riken.go.jp/pub/tex-archive/systems/texlive/tlnet/2008/ (10656),
> not updating.
> update: venturisadf (11599 -> 11686) ... Can't spawn "cmd.exe": No such file
> or directory at d:/texlive/2008/tlpkg/TeXLive/TLUtils.pm line 459.
> 'pwd' 不是内部或外部命令,也不是可运行的程序
> 或批处理文件。
> d:/texlive/2008/texmf/scripts/texlive/tlmgr.pl:
> system(d:\texlive\2008\tlpkg\installer\tar.exe -cf
> d:/texlive/2008/temp/__BACKUP_venturisadf.r11599.tar
> texmf-dist/doc/fonts/venturisadf/LICENSE-utopia.txt
> [...]
> tlpkg/tlpobj/venturisadf.tlpobj) failed in , status 255 at
> d:/texlive/2008/tlpkg/TeXLive/TLUtils.pm line 463.
> Can you see any problem for this. I see a "pwd". I know that's a linux
> command, I installed a cygwin, I don't use it to update texlive. Does that
> matter?

This is the bug where the list of files to be archived using tar is too long
for the cmd input buffer.   There is a fix that was created just before
Christmas, so you need to watch for an update to tlmgr (or reinstall
using the latest version), maybe following the instructions for updating


You will also need to check the status of the venturisadf package on
your system.   Please post your results, as I encountered this bug
last week but have not had access to WInXP since then to investigate.

George N. White III <aa056 at chebucto.ns.ca>
Head of St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia

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