I think there is something wrong going on in the installation process. I did a fresh installation using an "install-tl" script downloaded just a week ago, picked a "small" installation scheme and selected the following additional collections: Recommended fonts (f), German (y), and LaTeX additional packages (J). I left the directory structure untouched and started the installation.
I started a little test run over a simple .tex file and all this resulted in "babel" complaining about missing hyphenation patterns and that's just strange because the package "hyphen-german" is part of the installation, at least it gets downloaded and no messages about failed installations are thrown onto my nose.
The output of babel:
Package babel Warning: No hyphenation patterns were preloaded for
(babel) the language `German (trad. orthography)' into the forma
(babel) Please, configure your TeX system to add them and
(babel) rebuild the format. Now I will use the patterns
(babel) preloaded for english instead on input line 54.
The content of the little .tex file:
What is going on? Am I doing something wrong?