[tex-live] oberdiek package update failure

George N. White III gnwiii at gmail.com
Tue May 18 15:49:11 CEST 2010

On Tue, May 18, 2010 at 9:31 AM, Adam Mercer <ramercer at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, May 18, 2010 at 06:19, George N. White III <gnwiii at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 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).
> This happened on package 13 when 56 needed updating, this was the only
> package that failed. The remain installed without issue.

Was oberdiek the largest of the packages being updated?

>> "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.
> The filesystem is good, I just ran a complete filesystem check over
> the weekend, and its not full:
> $ df -h /usr/local
> Filesystem     Size   Used  Avail Capacity  Mounted on
> /dev/disk0s2   70Gi   53Gi   17Gi    76%    /
> $

Did you check the permissions in the texlive tree or do "repair permissions"?
Maybe "ls -lR | grep ..." to see only lines with unexpected ownership.

Do you have antivirus running?

Can you manually download the package and test it with "xz -t"?

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

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