update noto package texlive - tar argument list too long

Michiel Kreutzer michiel.kreutzer at me.com
Mon Dec 16 11:16:25 CET 2019

I am trying to update my texlive installation, which fails at the package noto. It bails on a tar with an argument list of 2.900.000 characters, almost. I tried using gnutar, bsdtar, no luck. This is on a mac running latest MacOS and latest MacTeX installation. 

Any ideas how to get around this? Removing noto crashes on the same problem (no trying to tar it all into a backup). 

thanks Michiel  

>From the log: 

2019-12-14 15:09:48 +0000 Warning tlu_ipctask[6985]	Can't exec "tar": Argument list too long at /usr/local/texlive/2019/tlpkg/TeXLive/TLUtils.pm line 613.
2019-12-14 15:09:48 +0000 Warning tlu_ipctask[6985]	/Library/TeX/texbin/tlmgr: system(tar -cf /usr/local/texlive/2019/tlpkg/backups/noto.r51202.r51202.tar texmf-dist/doc/fonts/noto texmf-dist/fonts/enc/dvips/noto/nto_2banio.enc texmf-dist/fonts/enc/dvips/noto/nto_34ragx.enc  [….] texmf-dist/tex/latex/noto/noto-serif.sty texmf-dist/tex/latex/noto/noto.sty tlpkg/tlpobj/noto.tlpobj) failed in /usr/local/texlive/2019, status -1 at /usr/local/texlive/2019/tlpkg/TeXLive/TLUtils.pm line 617.

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