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Today I installed TeXLive 2013 next to 2012 and updated all the PATHs to point to 2013. My main motivation for updating is the new version of LuaTeX.

When calling luatex -v in a terminal, I also see that I now indeed have the latest version (beta-0.76.0-2013061708 (TeX Live 2013) (rev 4627)). However, when I open tlmgr it says I rather have 0.70.1. See the screenshot below:

TLMGR and terminal show different versions.

My question is now: does tlmgr actually show the correct package versions? Is anything going wrong here?

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Maybe you have to set up it to point to the newest distribution of your TeXlive. – Sigur Jun 25 '13 at 11:49
I noticed that some packages in the list are newer versions than those of TexLive 2012, which I did by calling tlmgr 2012 from its path /usr/loca/texlive/2012/bin/tlmgr and comparing it to tlmgr 2013. That is why I am assuming both do indeed point to their correct, respective repositories. Thus the confusion: if they point at the correct location, why does tlmgr show this weird package version? – Ingo Jun 25 '13 at 11:58
I have the same here. If you double click on the version number in tlmgr gui a window will pop up which says "local catalogue version = 0.70" (Wrong version number) and then "Warning, catalogue versions might be lagging behind or be simply wrong." – domenico Jun 25 '13 at 14:14
The same on MacTeX (2013); probably it's simply a wrong catalogue entry. – egreg Jun 25 '13 at 14:16
Thanks for the feedback. That's enough of an answer I suppose, so feel free to write one! Is there any place I can report this wrong version number? – Ingo Jun 26 '13 at 8:22
up vote 4 down vote accepted

Several comments already stated the fact, here some additional explanations:

  • tlmgr works purely with the revision numbers
  • the version numbers are taken from the catalogue and are purely informative
  • the catalogue might be outdated
  • in this case probably the last version of luatex that has been uploaded to CTAN is the specified version, but in TeX Live there are newer sources

Hope that helps


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Absolutely. Thank you Norbert. – Ingo Jul 2 '13 at 15:24

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