This question deals with the version of a babel language available after a MiKTeX update (the french one, namely frenchb.dtx). I've just made an update of my (complete) MiKTeX 2.9, especially interested in the package menukeys and in frenchb; the result of the update is (with a \listfiles):

  • frenchb.ldf 2009/03/16 v2.3d
  • menukeys.sty 2012/04/11 v1.1b

However, menukeys requires a feature from a more recent frenchb to avoid a ''french bug'' (if not mistaken, on CTAN there is frenchb.dtx 2010/08/21 v2.5a).

Questions: does my problem (= not having a recent enough version of frenchb after a MiKTeX update) come from MiKTeX? If yes, could MiKTeX provide that version 2.5? or is there something preventing it?

(My temporary solution is to manually update frenchb as suggested by its author... it works fine but I still wonder why I can't get it from the MiKTeX update).

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    The current version of frenchb (on the website of the author) is 2012/05/08 v2.5j. So the version on CTAN is outdated too. Beside this: It sometimes happens that miktex (and TeXLive too) forgets to package an updated package. Make a bug report or a feature request. Oct 24, 2012 at 17:41
  • Are you sure to have MiKTeX 2.9?
    – egreg
    Oct 24, 2012 at 18:01
  • @egreg: No, both Mathieu (?) and Ulrike are right.
    – Speravir
    Oct 24, 2012 at 18:33
  • @UlrikeFischer: Feature request done (you did mean on MiKTeX homepage?).
    – mathieu2l
    Oct 24, 2012 at 20:28

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My MiKTeX paket manager shows the used babel is from 2011-07-11, a frenchb is not separatly listed, but there is a package frenchle from 2012-06-11 usable with or without babel.

To use package frenchb the installation in the local texmf tree seems actualy to be the best.

I think the best place to ask is the maintainer of MiKTeX on the MiKTeX homepage.

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