I installed TeXlive 2018 on Windows 8.1 a few months ago (when it just came out). I updated the installation a few times since that initial install, without any problems.

Today I wanted to get the latest files and I did the usual:

tlmgr update --self, 

followed by

tlmgr update --all

This is what I get (seems similar to a problem reported two week ago for Windows 10).

[in fact it is the third run of update --all, before it failed for the abnt and acmart packages, hence the skipping forcibly removed package abnt skipping forcibly removed package acmart messages]

C:\Users\goossens\goossenswork\lwarp>tlmgr update --all
xz: (stdin): Compressed data is corrupt
tlmgr.pl: package repository http://www.pirbot.com/mirrors/ctan/systems/texlive/
tlnet (not verified: gpg unavailable)
tlmgr.pl: saving backups to C:/texlive/2018/tlpkg/backups
skipping forcibly removed package abnt
skipping forcibly removed package acmart
[  1/103, ??:??/??:??] update: alegreya [14131k] (48170 -> 48339) ... xz: (stdin
): Compressed data is corrupt
TLPDB::_install_package: Decompressing C:\Users\goossens\AppData\Local\Temp\z5z_
0BM_nz\YYsHMQWGq8/alegreya.tar.xz failed
tlmgr.pl: Installation of new version of alegreya failed, trying to unwind.
Cannot open tlpobj file: C:/texlive/2018/tlpkg/tlpobj/alegreya.tlpobj at C:/texl
ive/2018/tlpkg/TeXLive/TLPOBJ.pm line 70.

Any hint what the problem could be?



Trying to re-install the package acmart (which was forcibly removed by tlmgr update in my second try) and using a Swiss repository, I still get a similar error message.

C:\Users\goossens\goossenswork\lwarp>tlmgr install acmart
xz: (stdin): Compressed data is corrupt
tlmgr.pl: package repository http://mirror.switch.ch/ftp/mirror/tex/systems/texlive/tlnet (not verified: gpg unavailable)
[1/1, ??:??/??:??] install: acmart [6470k]
tar: Skipping to next file header
untar: untarring C:\Users\goossens\AppData\Local\Temp\u3V8gSH7KSIgE7FQYbxB/acmart.tar failed (in C:/texlive/2018/texmf-dist)
TLPDB::_install_package: untar failed
tlmgr.pl: package log updated: C:/texlive/2018/texmf-var/web2c/tlmgr.log
  • 1
    You could try another mirror. If this doesn't help I suggest to write to the texlive mailing list. Commented Aug 20, 2018 at 13:06
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    Hello Michel :-) Commented Aug 20, 2018 at 15:15
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    I just did an update now and got: ....[ 3/66, 00:07/01:29:18] update: alegreya [14131k] (48170 -> 48339) ... done [ 4/66, 00:54/04:43] update: apxproof [565k] (47665 -> 48377) ... done.... so it does look like an issue with your mirror Commented Aug 20, 2018 at 15:20
  • Always in these kind of cases, please attach the output of tlmgr update -v --all otherwise we cannot debug it. As David wrote, I can only guess that it was a problem with your mirror, or some intermediate proxy.
    – norbert
    Commented Aug 21, 2018 at 0:47
  • My sincere wishes to Michel Goossens...
    – MadyYuvi
    Commented Jul 19, 2022 at 15:58

1 Answer 1


It is probably some other version of xz installed in your system causing all the trouble. You need to just inspect all your system PATH entries and remove or disable all the xz executable copies each time you install or update TeXlive or any of its packages. For example if you have MinGW installed then you can temporarily rename C:/MinGW to C:/_MinGW and everything should install correctly. I hope it will help.

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    Commented Jul 19, 2022 at 15:55

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