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How do I update my TeX distribution?

I'm trying to compile a document that only works with an up-to-date distribution, so I'd like to know: how do I update my distribution? Please provide screenshots where appropriate. List of answers ...
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Why does TeX Live "require" yearly updates?

Every year TeX Live provides a new version. My recollection is that soon after a new version is released, the old version's tlmgr stops fetching updates to packages. They provide upgrading ...
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What have been the most important changes to LaTeX in the last five years? (2005–2010)

I hope I will not be flamed for this question, but I have been out of the loop for the last five years. Therefore my question is: what do you consider the most important changes to LaTeX in the last ...
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MikTeX 2.8 Update Error "Windows API error 87"

I was happily updating packages when the following error appeared: Error: Windows API error 87: The parameter is incorrect. The full update report with this error at the very end is as follows: ...
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What have been the most important changes to LaTeX in the last five years? (2011–2016)

I spent the last two years out of the loop and came looking for information about the recent advances within the (La)TeX ecosystem, basically to see whether the issues I found frustrating enough to ...
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TeX Live Manager crashes with "Unknown docfile tag"

Today my TeX Live 2013 stopped updating packages. I use tlmgr to update packages but it's crashing with the following error: $ sudo tlmgr update Unknown docfile tag: texmf-dist/doc/latex/pythontex/...
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What does "skipping forcibly removed package xxx" mean? Should I care about it?

I got the following messages when updating TeX Live 2012 using the provided GUI. What does "skipping forcibly removed package xxx" mean? Should I care about it?
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A MiKTeX update removed amsmath as obsolete – can I use another package or get it back?

I have a problem with amsmath package. After an update this package was removed because it was obsolete. But what package can use instead of amsmath?
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What is the preferable setup for MiKTeX to keep all packages up-to-date easily?

By default, MiKTeX is set up for all users to the folder C:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.9 However, packages added on-the-fly go to the folder C:\Users\CurrentUser\AppData\Roaming\MiKTeX\2.9 (in case of ...
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tlmgr: unexpected return value from verify_checksum: -5

When I am trying to update TeX Live I receive an error. Why does this happen and what does the error mean? $ tlmgr update --self --all /usr/local/texlive/2019/bin/x86_64-linux/tlmgr: unexpected ...
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'Generic hook <name> is deprecated' warning after update

I have had a warning for a few days (since I updated MiKTeX): LaTeX hooks Warning: Generic hook (hooks) 'file/after/translations-basic-dictionary-french.trsl' is (hooks) ...
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What packages are no longer necessary after TeX Live 2015 kernel update?

I see from this question that fixltx2e is no longer needed. This means the LaTeX kernel now finally has a \textsubscript command. Formerly that was provided by fixltx2e and also by the subscript ...
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Where can I find the changelog of TeX Live releases?

I know that TeX Live 2013 is now in beta and that there are already some new packages. I would like to know where the complete changelog will be available, when the new version will be released, and ...
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Do I risk breaking documents by updating my TeX distribution?

I ran into a feature missing because its package was out to date and started the MikTeX update utility for the first time after installing MikTeX in February. The updater found dozens of packages that ...
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Any effort towards a rolling release of TeX Live?

This is a follow on, in a way, from my question a couple of years ago about Why does TeX Live "require" yearly updates? One of the answers suggested that there was some discussion about ...
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tlmgr error: perl.exe has stopped working

I have been using TeX Live 2010 on my Windows 7 computer for some time now, without problems. Recently I decided to use the TeX Live Manager to check for updates, which were successfully installed. ...
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Update a package after TeX live freeze?

I realized that I want/have to update a package (moderncv). The problem is that TeX Live went frozen – so there are no more updates. Is the only thing to do is wait till the release of the next TeX ...
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What happened to \luatextextdir?

As of today, the command \luatextextdir does no longer seem to work. I employ the command in order to be able to typeset Arabic. To that end I created the following commands: \newcommand{\arabtext}[1]...
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Cannot find TeX Live root using kpsewhich --var-value=SELFAUTOPARENT

I am upgrading from TeX Live 2018 to 2019 following https://tug.org/texlive/upgrade.html At step 8 I encounter a problem. Running sh update-tlmgr-latest.sh -- --upgrade in /usr/local/texlive/2019 ...
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MacTeX - TeX Live Utility broken after 2015 update

I have the following strange message. The repository at ftp://ftp.oleane.net/pub/CTAN/systems/texlive/tlnet has TeX Live 2015, but you have TeX Live 18446744073709551615 installed. You need to ...
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'What's new' on tlmgr

I'm using tlmgr to update packages. Once a week I use it and update all. But some times I'd like to know what are the changes on some packages. Is it possible to show this? Maybe clicking somewhere ...
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Is it geometry or pgfpages bug?

With \usepackage[showframe]{geometry} inserted in 2 on 1 pgfpages layout produce an unexpected result. I have updated latex last week, before that this problem did not appear \documentclass{article} \...
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After MacTeX manual update how should I remove the old one?

MacTeX 2014 is installed on OS X. But how can I remove the old one? Or is it automatically overwritten?
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Problem With updmap-sys

I ran the TeX Live 2012 update this morning on my 64-bit Kubuntu 12.04 linux system (tlmgr update --all) and received the following error: tlmgr: package log updated at /usr/local/texlive/2012/texmf-...
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Update / Install the newest version of LaTeX3

The developing of LaTeX3 goes on. However some feature will be improved or added. The LaTeX3 team can't upload every day a new version to CTAN. How can I install the newest version LaTeX3?
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How frequently should one update packages?

When programming, I take some care regarding updating of external dependencies, to be sure that my code isn't affected. With LaTeX (I'm using MikTeX), it seems harder to know when I should update ...
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How can I automate "regression testing" for LaTeX documents, when updating packages?

I recently asked a related question about how often one should update LaTeX packages. Supposing that I update a bunch of packages in one go, or regularly update with only a few packages changing, how ...
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Computer powered down during tlmgr update, now tlmgr won't update packages, nor itself

As title says, I was updating the packages in my TL installation (by tlmgr update --all) from the command line in Win7, but for some strange reason the computer just powered down during the update, ...
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Is it safe to use the TeX Live Update utility while compiling documents?

I just started the TeX Live Update utility and saw that quite some packages were updated on the server. I proceeded to update all outdated packages, but this takes a while. Is it safe (in terms of ...
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TeX Live issue after update - `fmtutil.cnf` not found

I recently updated TeX Live to following version TeX 3.1415926 (TeX Live 2013/Arch Linux) and cannot compile any file anymore, it fails with error $ pdflatex blab.tex This is pdfTeX, Version 3....
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Rule of thumb for synchronizing/updating Tex distributions

Some companies will not update their tex distribution regularly. What is a practical length of time to allow to pass before failing to resynchronize Tex Live or Miktex could reasonably become a ...
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How can I update TikZ/PGF?

I am searching a script that will do the following. Removing all old PGF/TikZ files in my local texmf tree Installation of all new PGF/TikZ in my local texmf tree of the csv repository: PGF and TikZ -...
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How to install PGF/TikZ 3.0 in MikTeX?

Currently, the MiKTeX package manager does not know of the latest stable version of PGF/TikZ. I have made an attempt at installing it manually, following Stephan Kottwitz’ answer to question How can I ...
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MiKTeX209-jpeg.dll is missing

After installing MiKTeX 2.9 on Windows 7, I can open TeXworks but only if I do not use the MiKTeX updater. After updating MiKTeX after installation and whenever I try to open TeXworks, I get the ...
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How to update old version of TeXstudio in Windows 7?

I am using TeXstudio 2.3 the last two years. Now new versions are available. I want to update the old version. Is it possible to update without uninstalling the previous version? Is there any way to ...
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Is it safe to update LaTeX package with tlmgr on debian?

I using debian (unstable) and have installed most of my LaTeX packages from the official repositories (except few ones which I copied directly inside a folder recognized by texhash). I just learned ...
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How to update TeX Live distribution manually (without using the frozen TeX Live Manager)?

As an illustration, let consider that I want to update the installed tcolorbox package to the new one from the CTAN. I have downloaded the newest tcolorbox.zip package from ctan.org/pkg/tcolorbox. I ...
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Wrapping the document environment into another environment fails since LaTeX Update of October 2020

Since the last LaTeX Update, wrapping \document into another environment fails, possibly because of the new hook management system. The following used to work: \documentclass{article} \newenvironment{...
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What do these numbers in the tlmgr update mean?

Whenever I update my TeXLive distribution by using tlmgr, I get in the output numbers such as these: 35545 -> 36463 What do they mean?
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Why should I update my tex installation?

Apart from not being able to get the latest package-updates, what are the benefits of the 2013 distribution over the one from 2012? Why should I update? I'm afraid updating will break something ...
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Problem with installation: cannot determine release!

My Windows 10 system has just started acting like and usual Windows system: every now and then, it suddenly stops by itself. Unfortunately, it happened while I was updating TeX Live (2017). Now, if ...
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MiKTeX 2.9 missing dll?

Since yesterday's (22.6.2015) update, my MiKTeX 2.9 on Windows 8.1 64-bit repeatedly crashes with an error message that is something like: missing Qt5WinExtras.dll. This file is not present either in ...
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MiKTeX package update: Select All grayed out

I installed MiKTeK 2.9.4321 in a locked down environment. I don't believe that we can directly download the entire thing from outside, and the aforementioned version is the one that we have on a CD, ...
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How to solve "Mismatched LaTeX support files" problem permanently

Background I updated my TeX Live installation on my Mac a while ago and got the error LaTeX3 Error: Mismatched LaTeX support files detected. I found a solution at Mismatched LaTeX support files ...
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tlmgr stopped working with error message 'Unknown tag'

I tried today to update my install, and tlmgr does not want to cooperate: $ tlmgr update --all Unknown tag: runfiles si at /work/usr/texlive/2010/tlpkg/TeXLive/TLPOBJ.pm line 241, <TMP> line ...
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Updating packages while TeX Live is frozen

This is a follow on to my question from from last year about Why does TeX Live "require" yearly updates?. TeX Live is again in the freeze period and no new packages or updates will be ...
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Upgrade to MacTeX 2011 without redownloading entire distribution?

Is it possible to upgrade from MacTeX 2010 to 2011 without downloading the entire package for new? I’ve tried starting the instructons for upgrading TeXLive at tug.org/texlive/upgrade.html, up to ...
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Update TikZ/PGF on mac

the TeXLive 2012 distribution on my Mac is shipped with TikZ version 2.10 - I want to use (try) the CVS (most updated beta(?) version). Here's what I've done so far: Downloaded the the TDS package ...
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\Fn ! Undefined control sequence

Under Ubuntu 15.04, I want to use algorithm2e to write pseudo code, when I copied an example from the documentation, TeXStudio displays error indicating that the command \Fn is undefined. I thought ...
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Corrupted TeXLive2012 installation? (File `l3candidates.sty' not found)

This is a follow up to my earlier question, Corrupted TeXLive2012 installation? (Option clash for currfile). Refer to that question for the history. With an "updated" TeXLive2012, I am now ...
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