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Apparently TeX Live 2017 is now in the freeze period in anticipation of Tex Live 2018, because I tried running sudo tlmgr install tikz (for a re-install of TeX Live I was doing), and I hit this error:

TeX Live 2017 is frozen forever and will no
longer be updated.  This happens in preparation for a new release.

If you're interested in helping to pretest the new release (when
pretests are available), please read http://tug.org/texlive/pretest.html.
Otherwise, just wait, and the new release will be ready in due time.
tlmgr: package repository http://ctan.mirrors.hoobly.com/systems/texlive/tlnet (verified)
tlmgr: saving backups to /usr/local/texlive/2017/tlpkg/backups
tlmgr: no updates available

Given I don't have the time to wait until whenever TeX Live 2018 releases to install tikz, is there a way to circumvent the freeze, or will I have to manually install packages from CTAN?

  • You could use the pretests: tug.org/texlive/pretest.html -- the updates on CTAN will enter the pretests as well. I have never used it so far, however – user31729 Apr 2 '18 at 4:49
  • AFAIK tikz haven't been updated for tl18, and you should not have any problems installing tl17 from the frozen repositories – daleif Apr 2 '18 at 6:33
  • In general packages which provide TDS ZIP files can be installed into your own TEXMF directory simply by unzipping. I don't know if TikZ/PGF is provided as TDS ZIP file in particular. – Martin Scharrer Apr 2 '18 at 7:12
  • Good news! There is a PGF TDS ZIP file on CTAN! See tex.stackexchange.com/a/30311/2975 on how to install it (on a Unix-like System). – Martin Scharrer Apr 2 '18 at 7:23
  • Doesn't this means that tikz is alresdy installed on your system? – Ulrike Fischer Apr 2 '18 at 7:28
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  1. You claim to have issued sudo tlmgr install tikz, but if I do it on my machine I get

    > sudo tlmgr install tikz
    TeX Live 2017 is frozen forever and will no
    longer be updated.  This happens in preparation for a new release.
    
    If you're interested in helping to pretest the new release (when
    pretests are available), please read http://tug.org/texlive/pretest.html.
    Otherwise, just wait, and the new release will be ready in due time.
    tlmgr: package repository http://ctan.mirror.garr.it/mirrors/CTAN/systems/texlive/tlnet (verified)
    tlmgr install: package tikz not present in repository.
    tlmgr: action install returned an error; continuing.
    tlmgr: An error has occurred. See above messages. Exiting.
    
  2. If I try to install an already installed package, I get

    > sudo tlmgr install regexpatch
    TeX Live 2017 is frozen forever and will no
    longer be updated.  This happens in preparation for a new release.
    
    If you're interested in helping to pretest the new release (when
    pretests are available), please read http://tug.org/texlive/pretest.html.
    Otherwise, just wait, and the new release will be ready in due time.
    tlmgr: package repository http://ctan.mirror.garr.it/mirrors/CTAN/systems/texlive/tlnet (verified)
    tlmgr install: package already present: regexpatch
    
  3. I only get the message you report if I try to update:

    > sudo tlmgr update --all
    TeX Live 2017 is frozen forever and will no
    longer be updated.  This happens in preparation for a new release.
    
    If you're interested in helping to pretest the new release (when
    pretests are available), please read http://tug.org/texlive/pretest.html.
    Otherwise, just wait, and the new release will be ready in due time.
    tlmgr: package repository http://ctan.mirror.garr.it/mirrors/CTAN/systems/texlive/tlnet (verified)
    tlmgr: saving backups to /usr/local/texlive/2017/tlpkg/backups
    tlmgr: no updates available
    

Now, if you don't have TikZ/PGF on your machine, the correct way to install it should be

sudo tlmgr install pgf
  • Huh, that is really weird. I guess I really do have tikz after all. Funny thing is, I tried compiling a TeX document with tikz, and the compiler said tikz wasn't found. – Brian Lee Apr 2 '18 at 13:43

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