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I have downloaded MacTeX-2020 to be able to knit R Markdown documents to PDF in R Studio. I downloaded it yesterday and it is the 2020 version. When I try to knit to PDF in R Markdown, I get the error:

tlmgr: Local TeX Live (2019) is older than remote repository (2020).
Cross release updates are only supported with
  update-tlmgr-latest(.sh/.exe) --update
See https://tug.org/texlive/upgrade.html for details.
! LaTeX Error: File `multirow.sty' not found.

! Emergency stop.
<read *> 

Error: LaTeX failed to compile lab_test.tex. See https://yihui.org/tinytex/r/#debugging for debugging tips. See lab_test.log for more info.
In addition: Warning message:
In system2("tlmgr", args, ...) :
  running command ''tlmgr' search --file --global '/multirow.sty'' had status 1
Execution halted

I am not sure how this has happened because I downloaded the 2020 MacTeX version so surely Local TeX Live should also be the 2020 version and not 2019 version? How can I upgrade the Local TeX Live to the 2020 version? Many thanks for your help.

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  • After downloading MacTeX-2020 did you install the package by double clicking the .pkg file? Also, how is your R Markdown configured and why is it trying to run tomography? – Herb Schulz Apr 17 '20 at 18:23
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    Jessie, welcome to tex.stackexchange. Based on my searching, it looks like R uses something called tinytex, and you may have to reinstall it to point it at this year's TeX Live (see tinytex FAQ item 11). Apparently this is a second TeX installation that ignores your MacTeX, and installs its own stuff as-needed. – Adam Maxwell Apr 18 '20 at 16:45
  • I encountered this issue as well. Had attempted to resolve by reinstalling MacTex and Xquartz, neither worked. Followed link and instructions suggested by Adam Maxwell, this provided the resolution. Thanks Adam! – Michael Madison Apr 18 '20 at 21:49
  • Thank you everyone for your help! Adam, I followed your link and it provided the resolution (I also had to follow FAQ item 13 too). Cheers! – JRB Apr 20 '20 at 11:48

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