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I’d like to install a package (microtype 2.5 beta 4) under TeX Live that isn’t available in the official repository.

Now, I know that it’s usually enough to put the package under ~/texmf/tex/latex/ but I was wondering if I couldn’t use tlmgr to do the grunt work for me.

In particular, I noticed that tlmgr has a --repository option that can be used to pass it a local repository path. However, the following command unfortunately fails (understandably, since there is no TeX Live database file texlive.tlpdb there to read from):

wget http://xetex.tk/mediawiki/images/1/1c/Microtype.tds.zip
unzip Microtype.tds.zip
tlmgr --repository=./Microtype.tds/ update microtype

I was wondering if there was still a possibility to make this work.

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why do you need tlmgr here. unzip the tds into your local tree:

unzip -d `kpsewhich --var-value TEXMFLOCAL'` Microtype.tds.zip

the TeXLive manager needs a repository with some more information.

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Why I need it here: I was actually hoping that I could install the beta version of the microtype package alongside the old version in my local repository. Having tested your way, I see that this apparently isn’t necessary at all. I’ll accept your answer but I’ll probably delete the question since it doesn’t make sense in hindsight. –  Konrad Rudolph Dec 22 '10 at 16:55
    
no, it is a question of what tlmgr can do and can not do ... –  Herbert Dec 22 '10 at 17:04
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@Herbert: kpsewhich --var-value TEXMFLOCAL is more portable (kpseexpand doesn't exist on windows AFAIK). –  mpg Dec 22 '10 at 17:04
    
@Konrad: I agree with Herbert, the question is legitimate, even if the answer is that tlmgr can't. –  mpg Dec 22 '10 at 17:05
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@Herbert: I'm afraid you left an extra quote ' after TEXMFLOCAL. –  mpg Dec 23 '10 at 17:31

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