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How do I install an individual package on a Linux system?

I stumbled upon a question here which recommends using tlmgr for conveniently installing additional packages. The Internet says that you can't use tlmgr if you installed texlive through rpm (that's how I installed mine).

Is there a way to get individual TeX packages easily, or do I have to manually copy them all into the folder structure?

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See tex.stackexchange.com/questions/73016/… (just added, but hopefully 'the general case' here) –  Joseph Wright Sep 18 '12 at 10:25
    
@JosephWright I didn't know that there are so few methods, I hoped there is something specific to replace tlmgr for Fedora, or maybe a third-party repo which has rpm packages not found in the official one. Thank you for the info, flagged as dupe. –  rumtscho Sep 18 '12 at 10:40
    
There are a lot of TeX packages out there, so the effort would be considerable. People who want the fine-grain control that tlmgr offers usually just install 'vanilla' TL, then can update, etc. themselves. People who don't want to do that usually are happy to take what their Linux package manager offers. –  Joseph Wright Sep 18 '12 at 11:01
    
I see. I just didn't know better when I installed the package manager version. –  rumtscho Sep 18 '12 at 11:03
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marked as duplicate by Andrew Stacey, percusse, Paul Gaborit, Marco Daniel, Claudio Fiandrino Sep 18 '12 at 18:55

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If you plan on using fresh/updated TeXLive packages, you should consider installing TeXLive using the official installer, not software packages. As much as I like installing things with packages, I know of no other way to keep your installation up-to-date.

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This might have its advantages, but it's not going to happen until my next OS reinstall, I don't have the time to deal with such a reinstallation. So, the question is what to do in the meantime. –  rumtscho Sep 18 '12 at 10:18
    
It's not a reinstallation. You can install it to /usr/local/texlive or anywhere else. Once you set up your path, it will just override the existing packaged installation. –  ℝaphink Sep 18 '12 at 10:35
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