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I used

tlmgr update --all

today, and it froze when running mktexlsr, so I aborted it. When I ran it again, it said no updates available. But clearly there remains something to do after updating files. So what commands other than mktexlsr should I invoke to keep TeXLive in order?

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Just as a side-node: I always use tlmgr update --all --self so that tlmgr updates itself if required. Otherwise it will stop with an error if it need to be updated itself. –  Martin Scharrer Dec 22 '11 at 11:04

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At the end of a run, tlmgr takes a number of actions, in the following order:

  1. run mktexlsr;
  2. run mtxrun --generate which is the equivalent for ConTeXt, if it is installed;
  3. run updmap-sys with the proper arguments if necessary (roughly, if font packages got installed/removed);
  4. regenerate language files (language.dat etc) and run fmtutil-sys with the proper arguments if necessary;

So, if mktexlsr failed and you had to interrupt tlmgr, the following actions have not been taken. Now, if you don't use ConTeXt and the packages updated didn't require a run of updmap-sys nor fmtutil-sys then running mktexlsr (with sufficient permissions) is enough.

If you want to be sure, you can check in TEXMFSYSVAR/web2c/tlmgr.log (where the proper value of TEXMFSYSVAR is given by kpsewhich --var-value TEXMFSYSVAR, usually /usr/loca/texlive/2011/texmf-var) the list of recent actions taken by tlmgr, eg:

[Sun Jul 24 12:49:17 2011] update: xdvi.x86_64-linux (22625 -> 22971)
[Sun Jul 24 12:49:18 2011] update: xdvi (22089 -> 23138)
[Sun Jul 24 12:49:39 2011] update: xetex.x86_64-linux (22625 -> 23143)

Then, to be absolutely sure everything's ok, you can reinstall these packages using

tlmgr install --reinstall xdvi.x86_64-linux xdvi xetex.x86_64-linux

(assuming the previous example was the complete list of updated packages).

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that looks okay, because only mktexlsr fails. All updates are successfully installed. Run the command yourself or altenetively texhash which is a link on Linux machines

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As a matter of fact, it's the other way round: texhash is a link to mktexlsr. But I don't think it matters at all. –  mpg Jul 29 '11 at 6:57

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