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I am using Ubuntu 12.04, TexLive 2012 from backports, TexLive full installation.

However, when I try to compile via latexmk, I get an error message that biber is missing.

How to get biber working on 12.04 - but please only with packages from the repository, not with manual installation.

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I have no Ubuntu installed so I couldn't try it, but I found the following link to a package http://packages.ubuntu.com/de/quantal/biber. Maybe this helps you, otherwise there is the possibility to install it manually (also you mentioned you don't want to) by getting binaries from http://sourceforge.net/projects/biblatex-biber/.

The third option is to not use Ubuntu's TeX Live but the plain one from tug.org. With this I got biber installed per default in a full installation on my Arch Linux machine.

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Well, the above mentioned packages are for 12.10, codenamed Quantal. Seems I have to go for the manual install, despite I don't want to... – mcbetz Jan 27 '13 at 8:59
I'm sorry for the wrong version of Ubuntu. I got confused by all these names… Is there a way to backport this package? I don't know, if you can do this with Ubuntu… – Stephan Lukasczyk Jan 27 '13 at 9:52

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