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I have installed slackware 14. It has an in-built support for TeX. The distributions provided are teTeX and eTeX. Does it make a difference if I install TeXLive 2013? Secondly, I am not able to compile the documents using XeLaTeX in slackware.I can compile only using PdfLaTeX and eTeX.What should I do?

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teTeX has been dead since May 2006. Install TeX Live 2013 from TUG –  egreg Jan 26 at 13:56
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For the second part of the question, I'm pretty sure that teTeX didn't include XeTeX, so no XeLaTeX will be available. I'd second @egreg's comment: install TeX Live. Perhaps he might make that the answer :-) –  Joseph Wright Jan 26 at 13:59
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The teTeX project has been dead since May 2006, when Thomas Esser announced he would not maintain it any more. See http://www.tug.org/tetex/ for information about this.

At the time, XeTeX was available only for Mac OS X; indeed it was added to TeX Live only in the 2007 release (see Section 9.1.4 of the TeX Live manual), so it's not surprising that what you get from Slackware doesn't have it.

In the last seven years, TeX distributions have grown and there are many packages that weren't available in 2006; many have been updated and also the binaries have been rebuilt and debugged several times.

So my advice is to install TeX Live 2013 from TUG

The distribution installs into its own tree, under /usr/local/texlive, so it won't interfere with the system. Just make sure your PATH variable contains

/usr/local/texlive/2013/bin/<arch>

(where in your case <arch> stands for x86_64-linux, probably).

I usually advise to make a symbolic link

ln -s /usr/local/texlive/2013/bin/<arch> /usr/texbin

(or /usr/local/texbin, if you prefer) and to add /usr/texbin to PATH, so when a new release is installed, it's sufficient to recreate the right symbolic link, instead of changing the configuration files that set PATH.

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After I do all these things, if TeXLive 2014 is introduced will it be necessary to run the command perl install.tk or something else needs to be done? –  subham soni Jan 27 at 15:31
    
@subhamsoni TeX Live has never had a real "upgrade" procedure. Just install the new one, which will use a subtree starting at /usr/local/texlive/2014. When you're sure it works well, you can remove /usr/local/texlive/2013 –  egreg Jan 27 at 15:33
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