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I just started the TeX Live Update utility and saw that quite some packages were updated on the server. I proceeded to update all outdated packages, but this takes a while.

Is it safe (in terms of data-loss and file corruption) to keep working on my LaTeX documents and keep compiling? Or should I stop and wait for the update to complete?

I'm on OS X 10.8.5 with the TeXLive-2013 distribution.

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Since latex only read packages etc, it should not do any harm –  daleif Dec 10 '13 at 19:01
When you update frequently (assume everyday like me), you might not need much time(few mins) to do a full update and eventually you come to know names and status of packages byheart. –  texenthusiast Dec 10 '13 at 23:21
Update will fail if it wants to replace a package you are reading. –  cyanide-based food Dec 11 '13 at 0:46

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I would wait for the update to be finished.

  1. There might be bugfixes for the packages you use in your documents. Hence working with old packages might result in errors already resolved.
  2. LaTeX may read the packages when you build your documents while they are being updated. This will also stop the building process, since you can't read and write on the same file at the same time.
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