I like to be updated. So from time to time I do an update of MiKTeX. I did it some days ago and just to see I do it again today.

If I do the update with MiKTeK Update (admin) I got nothing to update (which sound quite logical since I've done the update some days ago)

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But if I do the update with MiKTeK update (NON admin) I got four packages obsolete (to be removed)

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The four files are in two folders. The one of the user install


and the one of the admin install

C:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.9\miktex\bin\x64\MiKTeX209-harfbuzz.dll

Why the user update tell me to remove these files and that there are obsolete ?? (that is not the case !). Should I do it ?

I guess it would do no any harm since the same files are also in the admin install, but I don't get the logic of the message.

PS: I Checked that the both files are exactely the same version in both folders


And by the way when you use the MiKTeK Settings (admin) to launch the Update wizard (so in fact the MiKteK Update), it is the user version of the MiKteK Update wich is used (not the admin one). That can be confusing.

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    If miktex tells me that something should be removed I let it do it if I don't know about a concrete reason (e.g. a bug report) not to do it. If like in your case this removes double versions of .dll in the user tree I would certainly advise do it. Regarding the menu entry in the package manager: make a bug report (I never use this menu entry as last time I tried it was broken anyway). – Ulrike Fischer Nov 2 '17 at 12:29
  • How do I make a bug report ? On Sourceforge ? – Idefix Nov 2 '17 at 12:52
  • The new issue tracker is here: github.com/MiKTeX/miktex – Ulrike Fischer Nov 2 '17 at 13:22
  • It's done Bug report – Idefix Nov 2 '17 at 14:20
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because the given bug report results in a corrected version ... – Mensch Oct 21 '18 at 12:44