I have MacTeX 2013 basic installed, and I use TexLive to get packages I need for my writing. Recently TexLive told me that the repository is now only for a newer version than what I have installed. I see that MacTex 2014 basic is available, and even though 2013 is working fine for me I get 2014 to make TexLive happy. Now I apparently have two TeX installs. When I delete the 2013 install directory, all the extra packages I had downloaded with TexLive are gone.
I do not want to deal with rebuilding what I previously had just because of a yearly update. I think this is a reasonable expectation, so what am I doing wrong here? Does this problem completely go away if I install the full install instead of basic? Is there a way to make TexLive install packages to a more stable location? I just want a working typesetting system that is keep up to date without a bunch of distracting janitorial work.