I'm having a lot of trouble updating LaTeX on my Mac. I have never done this, but I do have the 2016 version of LaTeX, so I think I only need to update the packages. I read that the tlmgr package using "tlmgr update --all" would be the update I need. However, LaTeX keeps asking me for a file.

What I wrote is LaTeX is:



tlmgr update --all


Thank you!

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    tlmgr is a command not a latex package, you need to type the command on the commandline (terminal) not put it in a latex file. But I thought theat mactex had some kind of gui front end – David Carlisle May 3 '17 at 15:49
  • If you have the application "TeX Live Utility.app", you can use this to update – user36296 May 3 '17 at 15:53
  • the premise of this question is oddly amusing – thymaro Apr 23 '18 at 7:22

tlmgr is not a tex package — it’s a program, distributed with TeXLive. So to run it, you don’t load it in a TeX document. Instead, open the Terminal (on Mac OS, go to the Applications folder, and then inside that the Utilities folder, and the Terminal should be in there); and then in the Terminal’s window, type the tlmgr command you want, e.g.

tlmgr update --all

and then hit Enter/Return to tell the Terminal to run the command.

  • On Mac you need to run tlmgr using sudo as latex is owned by root. It also a good idea to use the --self option, then tlmgr will also be updated if there are any updates for it. – daleif May 3 '17 at 15:56
  • Hi! Thanks for the answer. I found the Terminal, but it keep giving me an error, and telling me the output failed. This is the same if I use the command "tlmgr update --self". And, the TeX Live Utility is saying that the listings failed. – Valerie Desjardins May 3 '17 at 16:00

You have the MacOS version: TeX Live Utility, a graphical interface which can be put in the dock.

  • Hi! It tells me that the listings failed, and nothing was updated. Thanks for your help! – Valerie Desjardins May 3 '17 at 16:02

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