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I'm in the process of switching to Debian, and I'm interested in updating packages since I'm coming from Windows 10 MikTex. I read this post: https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/55459/230596 and I understood that for updating packages I have to issue tlmgr update --all. My question is that issuing that command, I will have all the time updates as I had when using Miktex. If so, why should I install another Texlive in 2023?

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  • texlive only updates packages not binaries. Jun 7, 2022 at 11:13
  • TeXLive only (for various reasons) provides updates to a given version for a little less than a year. As these (at least when it is Upstream TeXLive and not Debian/TeXLive) can live side by side, these year releases can be useful as you can go back in time. Say I have a manuscript that compiled with TL16 but not does not with TL22, then I can just use TL16-frozen as I have it on disk.
    – daleif
    Jun 7, 2022 at 11:18
  • @UlrikeFischer @daleif maybe I'm not used with a specialized language, that's why I did not understand binaries frozen Texlive etc. I installed Texlive over the internet and for example I see here ctan.org/ctan-ann/id/… that latexindent received an update yesterday. Is it possible to have this update in Texlive?
    – Mafsi
    Jun 7, 2022 at 11:22
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    Of course. Just have your TeX Live's Package Manager update the files.
    – Ingmar
    Jun 7, 2022 at 11:29
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    Personally, I do ssh -X texlive@localhost after temporarily uncommenting X11Forwarding yes in /etc/ssh/sshd_config, then doing systemctl restart ssh.service (as root). An alternative is to perform a graphical login as user texlive (or install/update in text mode).
    – frougon
    Jun 7, 2022 at 15:50

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