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texdoc often fails for me, e.g.

$ locate beameruserguide.pdf

$ texdoc -l beamer
1 /usr/share/texmf-texlive/doc/latex/tdclock/tdclock-beamer-example.pdf
Please enter the number of the file to view, anything else to skip:

$ texdoc beameruserguide
Sorry, no documentation found for beameruserguide.

On the other hand this works:

$ texdoc -l tikz
1 /usr/share/texmf/doc/pgf/pgfmanual.pdf.gz

Thus, the questionable compressing of pdfs by the Ubuntu packages does not seem to be the reason.

(I am using Ubuntu 10.04)

Sure, I often use google to find LaTeX documentation, but sometimes net access is not available and often the current documentation contains some nice feature which are not available yet with the package versions installed on the local system.

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Could you clarify the exact nature of the question here? – Joseph Wright Nov 27 '10 at 18:48
@Joseph Wright: Check out the answer, the comment and the linked bug reports. – maxschlepzig Nov 28 '10 at 12:35
up vote 7 down vote accepted

This does indeed seem to be a bug in TL2009 or the Ubuntu texlive packages. I strongly suspect the later. The problem seems to be that the beamer manual is located at /usr/share/doc/latex-beamer/beameruserguide.pdf instead of /usr/share/doc/texmf/latex-beamer/beameruserguide.pdf.gz. Adding a symlink (and running sudo texhash afterwards) fixes the problem. (Bug report)

As always, I strongly recommend to manually install TeX Live instead of using the Ubuntu packages.

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This is a problem of the Ubuntu/Debian packages indeed, not of upstream TeX Live. There is a Debian bug report dating back to 2006 about that. – mpg Nov 28 '10 at 3:38
Thanks for checking and creating the bug report. @mpg: Well, this sound embarrassing for the package maintainer. – maxschlepzig Nov 29 '10 at 17:22

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