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MiKTeX package update: Select All grayed out

Postby JustA_LaTeXusr » Thu Sep 11, 2014 9:48 pm

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, and it is also the one for which I got permission to install.

Since I am the sole user of the computer, I installed it as non-administrator. If I rely on an administrator to install MiKTeK, I won't be able to update the packages that were included with his installation.

I ran into a problem updating the packages. The Select All button is grayed out. There are countless packages (I installed every one of them), so going through to check off individual packages is infeasible. All of the packages are "updateable", as the list is titled "Updateable Packages".

For context, some of the packages should be up-to-date already, and some should not be. All the ones that were installed with the installation of MiKTeK are not up to date because they came from the CD. All the packages installed afterward are up to date, but that still means there are countless packages that are not up to date.

Wy would the Select All button be grayed out? Is there any other way to update all packages without having to check off millions of checkboxes?

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Postby JustA_LaTeXusr » Thu Sep 11, 2014 9:55 pm

In my first pass, I simply let the update finish with the packages selected by default. It seems that only obsolete packages are selected, and the purpose of the 1st update was to clear them out. In my 2nd attempt at updating, it seems that all the remaining packages were checked off for updating. And Select All was not grayed out. I pressed it to make sure that all packages were selected. With that, the problem is solved. I hope. I'm still waiting for the much more substantial 2nd update to complete.

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