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I'm using Debian testing and it has packages (containing e.g. the latex executable) from TeX Live 2019.

Can I already use install-tl with some -repository ... flag to install the same packages to some non-Debian system? What is the flag value?

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    I very much doubt it is: pre-testing hasn't even started!
    – Joseph Wright
    Jan 18, 2019 at 21:38
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    TeXLive 2019... with Debian? Debian tends to have rather outdated packages for TL. Now Debian is ahead? ;-)
    – user31729
    Jan 18, 2019 at 21:40
  • You can use LuaTeX from TeX Live 2019 for which I host an unofficial repository for x86_64 Linux: github.com/hmenke/texlive-luatex-dev Jan 19, 2019 at 1:05
  • @ChristianHupfer OP is on testing which is very different from stable in terms of software versions. Jan 19, 2019 at 1:59
  • @HenriMenke: Well, I misunderstood Debian testing apparently
    – user31729
    Jan 19, 2019 at 8:22

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TeX Live 2019 is not yet released, in fact it hasn't even entered the pretest phase yet. What you are observing is a “bug” in Debian, that the binaries report the wrong version string1. The version shipped with Debian is actually the same as the one in TeX Live 2018. You can check using

$ luatex
This is LuaTeX, Version 1.07.0 (TeX Live 2019/dev/Debian) 
 restricted system commands enabled.
**\relax

*\directlua{print(status.development_id)}
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And here for comparison from vanilla TeX Live 2018, installed from https://tug.org/texlive/

$ luatex
This is LuaTeX, Version 1.07.0 (TeX Live 2018) 
 restricted system commands enabled.
**\relax

*\directlua{print(status.development_id)}
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1 It's not really a bug because it does not affect the functionality in any way. Calling it a “glitch” or “inaccuracy” might be more appropriate. Also keep in mind that you are using Debian testing.

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  • Thank you for the details! I'm aware that I'm using Debian testing, it's the 4th word in my question.
    – pts
    Jan 19, 2019 at 1:55
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    @pts I wanted to emphasize that it's called testing for a reason. Jan 19, 2019 at 1:57
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Debian does not ship the binaries that are shipped in TUG TeX Live 2018, but the binaries in Debian are built from a snapshot of the development sources to get lots of bugfixes and some improvements. I have updated the binaries as far as possible (skipping the incompatible luatex update). Thus, the binaries in Debian correctly refer to themselves as built from the 2019/dev development branch, but are not those that will go into TeX Live 2019 - for this the /dev part would disappear.

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