TeX - LaTeX Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for users of TeX, LaTeX, ConTeXt, and related typesetting systems. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I want to install a package (specifically xlop). I'm using TeXLive on Ubuntu, and I don't really know my way around LaTeX.

Can apt-get install or something similar be used?

share|improve this question
As well as the question that Martin mentions, I'd like to point you to tex.stackexchange.com/q/13709/86 which might help you a bit. – Loop Space Sep 15 '11 at 11:11
I actually use WINE to run MiKTeX (or rather, Texmaker on top of MiKTeX), because I love the auto-installation feature of MiKTeX so much... – DevSolar Sep 15 '11 at 14:27
What abut "apt-get install texlive-full"? – Anton Petrunin Aug 1 '13 at 21:57
@Anton : That might be a bad idea if you're on Ubuntu with a more recent version than the one that comes with Ubuntu. For instance, Ubuntu comes with a very outdated version of TeXLive (2009). If you manually install TeXLive 2012, the "texlive-full" is for the 2009 version ; you don't wanna do that. But of course if you want the 2009 version coming with Ubuntu and you're missing packages texlive-full is the way to go. – Patrick Da Silva Aug 16 '13 at 3:24
up vote 33 down vote accepted

A lot of frequently used *TeX packages have been combined into Ubuntu packages. In this case a quick search in the Ubuntu Package Manager shows that xlop is part of the texlive-generic-extra package, which you can install using apt-get install or the GUI as preferred.

Having said that, it's not particularly difficult to install *TeX packages manually once you've identified the right tree to put them in (CTAN has pre-zipped versions of a lot of packages, which makes it even easier - you just have to unzip them at the right place and run texhash), and you then have the advantage of being sure you're up-to-date. At the moment I believe the Ubuntu versions are lagging quite a way behind TeX Live releases (let alone any subsequent package updates).

share|improve this answer
Thanks much, I appreciate the quick and EZ solution. – Eric Wilson Sep 16 '11 at 1:29
I'm on Ubuntu 10.04 and just downloading the zip file, unzipping it, running make (in the case of the minted package) and running texhash was super easy. – krupan Nov 20 '12 at 18:21
No xlop found in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS in apt-cache. What is the role of the xlop here? – Masi Jan 13 at 14:16

Ubuntu and Debian ship with a totally outdated TeXLive 2009. The current version is 2011, released a couple of weeks ago. I highly recommend installing TeXLive using its own installer instead as described in How to install “vanilla” TeXLive on Debian or Ubuntu?. Then you can install packages using the normal tlmgr package manager:

tlmgr install <package name>

To update a package use:

tlmgr update <package name>

To update all packages (and tlmgr itself):

tlmgr update --self --all

This tool is not shipped in Ubuntu because they don't want any other tool installing files. Unfortunately software like the LaTeX editor Kile has TeXLive (the Ubuntu version) as its dependency, even if there is no binary one. They simplest way would be to keep the old TeXLive around and not to uninstall it. You might be able simply delete the files, though.

share|improve this answer
tlmgr didn't work for me at all, it seems to be completely absent. How do I acquire it? I tried apt-get install tlmgr, but it didn't know anything about it. – Eric Wilson Sep 15 '11 at 12:41
@Eric: As I mentioned, it is not part of the TeXLive installation of Ubuntu. You need to install (the real) TeXLive manually as shown in the linked thread. – Martin Scharrer Sep 15 '11 at 12:44
@Eric: The additional benefit is that you get the current versions of all packages, not the two years old ones. – Martin Scharrer Sep 15 '11 at 12:55
I'm using LaTeX for the first time in four years. I think that 2009 will seem cutting edge to me. :) – Eric Wilson Sep 15 '11 at 12:57
And what about packages that are not in the TeXLive repositories, say emerald? – Raphael May 13 '14 at 6:14

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.