I am using TeX Live on a Linux system. My current OS version is a bit old and the Tex Live packages shipped are not the most recent. I need to use a custom texmf in
TEXMFHOME for some CTAN packages. Most of them come with a TDS file, so I can just unzip the TDS archive into my local texmf tree. However, when I want to remove some packages from this local texmf tree, I have to list files in the original TDS archive to make sure I am not removing more or less than necessary. I think I am doing the typical job of a package manager.
I noticed TeX Live comes with a binary
tlmgr that looks like a package manager. But my OS prevents me from running this binary, warning me that I should be using the OS package manager (that ships old packages). I don't want to have a separate standalone install of TeX Live because all I need are a few more packages, not an entire copy of TeX Live. It would be great if
tlmgr can manage CTAN packages in my local texmf tree. Is this possible?