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I got the following messages when updating TeX Live 2012 using the provided GUI.

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What does "skipping forcibly removed package xxx" mean? Should I care about it?

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Try running tlmgr update −−reinstall−forcibly−removed –  egreg Apr 6 '13 at 20:27
    
@egreg: after executing your command in DOS prompt, I checked again with TeX Live Manager, and the same messages still appear. –  Who is crazy first Apr 6 '13 at 20:53
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Try doing tlmgr install --reinstall crbox and see what happens. –  egreg Apr 6 '13 at 20:56
    
@egreg: crbox disappeared in the TeX Live Manager. :-) –  Who is crazy first Apr 6 '13 at 21:04

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Meaning: this package is referenced as dependency in one of the collections, but not present. This can normally only happen by calling tlmgr remove --force. Sometimes when a tlmgr run is interrupted similar things might occur.

Fixing: If it was not on purpose, you can simply say tlmgr install <package> to fix one package, or, as mentioned above, tlmgr update --all --reinstall-forcibly-removed, or use the gui.

Background: package dependencies a tracked but not enforced once broken, that is we allow users to remove packages even if they are referenced somewhere. Normally there is no need for that, though.

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I have never used remove, and I see this forcibly removed packages quite often. –  Mariano Suárez-Alvarez Apr 7 '13 at 19:23
    
That is strange and surprising, but without seeing actual calls to tlmgr and what happens there is not much I can do. –  norbert Apr 8 '13 at 3:04
    
I have never called tlmgr in any way but tlmgr update --all, so that is easy :-) I'll save the output the next few times just in case this happens again. –  Mariano Suárez-Alvarez Apr 8 '13 at 17:00

Reinstall previously removed packages check box must be selected to solve this problem. Then press update all installed button.

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It also depends on which mirror repository of ctan you are updating with. Monitor ctan mirror latest status before update. –  texenthusiast Apr 7 '13 at 1:34

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