Is there a quick and simple way to reinstall all the packages I downloaded for BasicTeX 2013 with Tex Live Manager into version 2014? Should I just copy the folders – which? – from the old distribution?

Update: This question is different from BasicTeX - how to identify packages that need to be added after an upgrade in that I’m not looking to generate a list of packages to install manually, but to automate the whole process.

  • I don't understand what you want to do exactly or how you are proposing to do it but I suspect the answer to your second/third questions is 'No'. – cfr Jun 29 '14 at 23:59
  • On Linux, tlmgr info --only-installed | sed 's/^i \(.*\):.*$/\1/' will give you the list of installed things. So you could then use that to install the corresponding stuff in TL 2014. – cfr Jun 30 '14 at 0:04
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    If I understand you correctly, you want to (automatically): 1) Query your old installation for packages added above and beyond the BasicTeX standard set then 2) have the new installation download and install all of these packages. Is that right? – Joseph Wright Jun 30 '14 at 9:08
  • @JosephWright, yes, that would be swell. Actually, I believe that option should be offered automatically when upgrading. – Crissov Jun 30 '14 at 9:21
  • @Crissov: did you find an easy way to do it in the meantime? I'm having the same question. – MostlyHarmless Oct 24 '16 at 0:49

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