I know this might not be a question for this forum but for SS; however, someone might give me a hint. This problem happens to me both in Ubuntu and in OS X.
When I want to install something (e.g.,
rubber or the gedit LaTeX plugin) I am required to install TeXLive components (texlive-base, etc.). The problem is that I already have the TeXLive system install---indeed, I have a newer version that the one found at the default system's repository (be that Ubuntu's or the Mac Ports'). What I have done to override this behaviour is to download the main files of the program I want to install (e.g.,
sudo apt-get download rubber), and then install it without dependencies (e.g.,
sudo dpkg -i rubber 1.1-2.4ubuntu1). Sometimes this works, but other times I get error messages regarding corruption in the repository database.
Is there a way of making my systems understand that I already got a newer version of TeXLive installed?