[tex-live] oberdiek package update failure

George N. White III gnwiii at gmail.com
Tue May 18 13:19:36 CEST 2010

On Tue, May 18, 2010 at 1:47 AM, Norbert Preining <preining at logic.at> wrote:

> On Mo, 17 Mai 2010, Adam Mercer wrote:
>> Installation of new version of oberdiek did fail, trying to unwind.
>> Restoring old package state succeeded.
> ....
>> skipping forcibly removed package oberdiek
> That is something that makes me nervous. Unwinding and reinstalling
> should not *remove* oberdiek. Something really bad happened there.

The OP is on a Mac.  These problems happen in our lab when user
runs updates at the console using the MacTeX GUI tools and then
tries to install a package using tlgmr at the command line without
"sudo" or resetting permissions using "chown -R" (I recommend
the latter -- root should not be used to do anything more complicated
than adjusting permissions).

"really bad" things can happen when the disk is full, the filesystem
is corrupt or has "bad" permissions, or some hardware is broken -- if this
were my machine and the permissions were OK I'd check for a full disk,
look at  the logs and smartctl output, and consider running disk and
hardware tests.

> For now I would remove all the files in .../2009/temp and then
>        tlmgr install oberdiek
> Best wishes
> Norbert
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