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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. – kiss my armpit 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. :-) – kiss my armpit 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: To fix the problem you can run

tlmgr install <package>

to reinstall a single package or

tlmgr update --all --reinstall-forcibly-removed

to reinstall every forcibly removed package, or use the GUI.

Background: package dependencies are 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-Álvarez 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
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    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-Álvarez Apr 8 '13 at 17:00
  • I regularly see this problem with MacTeX, and all I ever run is tlmgr update --self --all. – Szabolcs Sep 12 '17 at 7:51
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Reinstall previously removed packages check box must be selected to solve this problem. Then press update all installed button.

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