TeX Live 2022 - bugs and updates
Most of TeX Live is a redistribution of
packages and programs from elsewhere, primarily CTAN. So, the target for bug reports varies
according to the nature of the problem.
- If you have problems with a TeX document, e.g., a package is no
longer behaving as it used to, report it to the package maintainer. As a
rule, package-specific fixes are not installed directly in TL; instead,
new versions of packages should be uploaded to CTAN.
- If you have questions about using TeX, or need help with TeX, please
use the general help resources.
- To report a bug in TeX Live installation or infrastructure, email
the public mailing list
- For security-related reports, please use the firstname.lastname@example.org mailing
list (private archives).
If you need to use alternate binaries, our recommended approach is the custom binary support in the TL installer.
Numerous additional binary sets are available through links there.
For information on 64-bit Windows binaries, see the Windows on TeX Live page.
Known issues in TeX Live 2022
- The Windows binaries are still 32-bit in 2022. We expect to switch to
64-bit binaries for Windows in 2023, but we most likely will not provide
both simultaneously. More Windows info.
- On macOS Monterey, install-tl comes up as a black window
by default, due to Apple's intentional breakage of wish. The
solution is to run install-tl -gui text, which is now
(post-release) the default.
- The dvisvgm released with TL (version 2.13.3), does not work with subsequently released versions of Ghostscript
(9.56.1 and later), because of the major reimplementation of PDF in
Ghostscript. Workaround: set the environment variable
GS_OPTIONS=-dNEWPDF=false. (Search for GS_OPTIONS and
NEWPDF in the Ghostscript documentation for info.)
- LuaTeX, unlike all other engines, does not look in the
-output-directory for input files. We expect this to be fixed
- The LuaLaTeX, ConTeXt, and OpTeX .fmt files cannot be
shared across different architectures (32-bit/64-bit and/or
BigEndian/LittleEndian). This is not new this year, but was only
discovered and reported recently. No decision has been made about
changing this for LuaLaTeX (issue report,
ConTeXt and OpTeX are not expected to ever change this.
- For armhf-linux (Raspberry Pi), the original TL'22 release had
binaries compiled on Debian 11; they have been replaced with
binaries compiled on Debian 10, as to be more widely usable.
- On Windows, install-tl may output the cryptic message
fail bad gmtime (repeatedly). It's annoying but
harmless; just ignore it.
- Upgrade notes from Overleaf go into detail about some package
changes and incompatibilities. (Overleaf notes on
previous releases also available.)
Bug archives for the
previous release and earlier years remain
online (under systems/texlive; both the initial release each
year, and the frozen state at the end of the cycle in
As always, there were pervasive updates to packages and programs
(highlights of changes).
We can't list them all, but here are some major user-visible changes in
the principal programs:
- New engine hitex, which
outputs its own HINT format, designed especially for reading technical
documents on mobile devices. HINT viewers for GNU/Linux, Windows, and
Android are also available.
- tangle, weave: support optional third argument to
specify output file.
- Knuth's program twill for making mini-indexes for original
WEB programs now included.
- Cross-engine extensions
- In engines except for original TeX, Aleph, and hiTeX:
- New primitive \showstream to redirect \show output
to a file.
- New primitives \partokenname and \partokencontext
allow overriding the name of the \par token emitted at blank
lines, the end of vboxes, etc.
- New primitives: \lastnodefont, \suppresslongerror,
- pdfTeX extension \vadjust pre now available.
- luatex (full LuaTeX news)
- Support structured destinations from PDF 2.0.
- PNG /Smask for PDF 2.0.
- Variable font interface for luahbtex.
- Different radical style defaults in mathdefaultsmode.
- Optionally block selected discretionary creation.
- Improvements for TrueType fonts implementation.
- More efficient \fontdimen allocation.
- Ignore paragraphs with only a local par node followed by direction
- metapost (full MetaPost news)
- Bug fix for infinite macro expansion.
- pdftex (full pdfTeX news)
- Support structured destinations from PDF 2.0.
- For letterspaced fonts, use explicit \fontdimen6 if specified.
- Always start a warning at the beginning of a line.
- for characters with autokern (\pdfappendkern and
\pdfprependkern), still do protrusion; likewise, autokern
both implicit and explicit hyphens.
- ptex et al.
(full pTeX news)
- Major update of pTeX to 4.0.0 to better support current LaTeX.
- New primitives \ptexlineendmode and \toucs.
- \ucs (formerly available in uptex, euptex) becomes
available also in ptex, eptex.
- Distinguish 8-bit characters and Japanese characters
as discussed in a TUGboat
41:3 article by Hironori Kitagawa.
- Related changes in related engines:
uptex & euptex.
- xetex (full XeTeX news)
- New wrapper scripts xetex-unsafe and xelatex-unsafe
for simpler invocation of documents requiring both XeTeX and
PSTricks transparency operators, which are inherently unsafe in
Ghostscript 9.55 and earlier; as of 9.56,
these have been
reimplemented in Ghostscript, but it will take time for this
release and inevitable updates to be stable and widespread.
For safety, use Lua(La)TeX.
- dvipdfmx (full dvipdfmx news)
- Support for PSTricks without requiring -dNOSAFER, except
- The -r option to set bitmap font resolution works again.
- dvips (full dvips news)
- By default, do not attempt automatic media adjustment for rotated
paper sizes; the new option --landscaperotate re-enables.
- upmendex (full upmendex news)
- This index-sorting program is mostly upward-compatible with
makeindex, with much better
(Unicode-based) multilingual support. It's been in TL for some years.
- Experimental support for Arabic and Hebrew scripts; improved
character classification and language support.
- kpathsea (full Kpathsea news)
- First path returned from kpsewhich -all is now the same as
a regular (non-all) search.
- tlmgr (full tlmgr news)
- use https for mirror.ctan.org by
- use TEXMFROOT instead of SELFAUTOPARENT for easier relocating.
- MacTeX and its binary folder universal-darwin
require macOS 10.14 or higher (Mojave, Catalina, Big Sur, Monterey).
The x86_64-darwinlegacy binary folder, available only with the
Unix install-tl, supports 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and newer.
- No changes to platform support for this year (2022). However, for
next year's release (2023), we are planning to switch the Windows
binaries from 32-bit to 64-bit. Unfortunately we cannot feasibly support
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