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Automatically Determine which TeXLive Version is being used

I would like to be able to automatically determine which release of TeXLive that I am running. I sometimes encounter a problem where it is useful to test that the file compiled correctly in an older ...
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TeXLive won't find files in $HOME/texmf

I just upgraded to Ubuntu 11.10 and was trying to get my custom styles/fonts and the like to work. As on all distributions before, I store them in $HOME/texmf, with a tree structure according to the ...
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Why does TeX Live's pdflatex produce smaller PDFs than MiKTeX's pdflatex?

When building my master thesis, I've found that the size of the produced PDF differs if I use Tex Live on Ubuntu compared to MiKTeX on Windows; for the latter, the size is about 50% greater (from ...
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Versions of TeXLive under Ubuntu

Since installing Ubuntu, I noticed that it has an old version of TeXLive, namely, TeXLive 2009. To get the latest version, I downloaded and installed TeXLive 2011 from CTAN. As this installs itself ...
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XeTeX in OpenBSD

How could I get XeTeX in OpenBSD? I have tried to: pkg_add texlive_base-2012, but it tries to install so much more that I ran out of space. run the install-tl perl script for TL13, but even if I ...
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Usage of central documentation system for TeXLive distribution (texdoc)

Recently, when peeking over the shoulder of someone who has years of experience working with TeX, I saw him type something into the terminal that caused a pdf with the documentation for a LaTeX ...
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It is possible to make fonts appear heavier (darker) in pdf output of Latex?

[Edited to include what I have learned from the answers.] I am using Latex in TeX Live on my Mac, through TeXLive. I compile .pdf files using Pdflatex. I use the default fonts. [These fonts are ...
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Definition of the TEXINPUTS variable

I am using TeX Live 2012/Debian on Linux Mint 14. I am wondering what the right definition of the TEXINPUTS variable is.
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How to keep my TeX Live installation up to date?

What is the recommended way to keep my TeX Live installation up to date? Is there any package manager (like MiKTeX on Windows) that could help me with this? If it helps I'm running on Mac OS X and my ...
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Determine full list of installed LaTeX packages in Ubuntu

Newbie here, just inherited a large (250+ page) doc written in LaTeX after the previous author left the company. Is there an easy way to determine all the LaTeX packages installed on my system? I'm ...
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When and how are packages added to TeX Live?

I've noticed that some of the packages I've uploaded to CTAN are now in TL2011, and some I've updated lately have been updated in TL2011, too. When are packages added/updated in TeX Live? Is it an ...
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How to Rotate a PDF?

Recently I found out that I can't use Adobe Acrobat to rotate a multi-page pdf file by .70 degrees. So I have a regular PDF file (flat scan - no text) that I need to rotate. But I've seen a hint ...
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Is there an debian/ubuntu package containing mdframed.sty?

I found several answers on this site recommending the mdframed package. However, I can't find a ubuntu texlive package that includes this. Do I have to install this manually or am I overlooking ...
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telling luaotfload where to look for fonts

The documentation of luaotfload states that on Linux fontconfig is used to find the font locations. However all fonts I install in /usr/share/local/fonts edit: /usr/local/share/fonts(as I don't want ...
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TeX Live error on Ubuntu 10.04: pdflatex.fmt doesn't match pdftex.pool

I recently installed Ubuntu 10.04 over-top of Ubuntu 9.04, preserving my /home partition, but aside from that partition, it was a fresh install. I installed the texlive package (2009-7) from Ubuntu's ...
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Purpose of local texmf trees

In Tex Live there are several local texmf trees (TEXMFLOCAL for admin and TEXMFHOME for user, compare comments and answers to What are TeXLive's four different texmf folders?), in MiKTeX I manually ...
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Why is synctex in TL 2011 so fussy about filenames?

The forward search script I had written for vim and mupdf is no longer working since installing TL 2011, and upon investigating why, it seems that synctex is now very fussy about filenames, at least ...
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What are the benefits of vanilla texlive over texlive provided by Ubuntu repository?

This question presumes that vanilla texlive is superior and thus deserves to be installed despite the troubles over Ubuntu apt-get. What exactly are these benefits? I'm considering going back to ...
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TeX Live 2013 updates after the release on June 18 (have the pretest version)

i downloaded the pretest of TeX Live 2013 in May and it installed fine and compiles my documents just fine. However, now i wanted to update the pretest version via tlmgr by specifying a normal CTAN ...
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How can I make texdoc find certain documentation?

(This is a question in relation to something brought up in chat, http://chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/41?m=1918860#1918860.) I'm using TeX Live 2009 in Ubuntu 11.04 and neither texdoc pgf nor ...
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How to get a package into texlive

Say I have written an awesome package called "worldpeace.sty" and uploaded it to CTAN. What can I do to get the package in to texlive?
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How to add an extra searchable dir with personal style files to TeXLive, NOT under ~/Library/texmf?

Migrated from Win-MiKTeX (WMTX) to MacOSX-Aquamacs with TeXLive (MXATL), I have my personal .sty/.cls files somewhere under my homedir. So I go with ShreevatsaR's comments from Aug. 5 on this site ...
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Is it safe to use the TeX Live Update utility while compiling documents?

I just started the TeX Live Update utility and saw that quite some packages were updated on the server. I proceeded to update all outdated packages, but this takes a while. Is it safe (in terms of ...
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How to download MacTeX 2011 now that MacTex 2012 is available

Is there a way to download the older MacTeX-2011? I am transitioning to a new mac and would prefer to have both MacTeX2011 and the 2012 version available. I thought I was in luck when I found the the ...
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Backing up and restoring texlive 2011 (Linux)

Is there an easy and safe way to back up and restore an entire texlive installation, e.g. before a fresh OS (re)installation or to put onto another pc (same architecture)? What I have in mind is to ...
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How to generate a TeX-file containing information of all installed packages of an actual TeXLive

Is it possible to generate a TeX-file with all information needed about the installed packages of a TeXLive distribution? If you want only certain elements of the table, you can use this snippet. :-) ...
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xelatex stopped working after TexLive2011 update 2 days ago

I updated Tex Live 2011 a couple of days ago and I can't run XeLaTeX anymore on a document I was working on. When it runs it gets stuck and I have to abort it. Resulting in the following error. I've ...
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Installing TeXlive on Ubuntu, revisited

The Debian/Ubuntu packages for TeXlive are usually outdated, sometimes up to several years behind CTAN. Now, I understand that packaging TeX Live takes a lot of work and, if you want to follow ...
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LaTeX compilation of simple document fails [closed]

I am just starting to work with LaTeX for the first time, so I apologize if my question is trivial. I recently got a first .tex document from my supervising tutor, with the request we compile it ...
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How can I call TexLive in Ubuntu?

Following the instructions in this page https://help.ubuntu.com/community/LaTeX , I installed TexLive, which needs some 1GB of space (I installed the texlive-full package). Yet, after installation, I ...
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In TexLive 2009, 'tlmgr' tells me there are 'no updates available' for months now. Really?

Running TeXLive 2009 on Ubuntu 10.4, a vanilla install. I used to be able to get updates for TeXLive 2009, I'm sure. But for months now it just tells me: sudo ...
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Latex on Linux: Path problem after new install of TeX Live

UPDATE: between the suggestions made in comments, and Andrew Stacey's patient walkthrough/diagnostic, the problem was eventually solved by correcting a faulty environment variable in the bashrc. It's ...
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Y&Y TeX versus TeX Live/MikTeX

I noticed that the formerly commercial Y&Y TeX is available under http://tug.org/yandy/. My question is: compared with a modern MikTeX or TeX Live is there any feature in Y&Y TeX that could be ...
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TeXLive and MikTeX behave differently in handling BOM

It is a followup of my answer that has been converted to comment (click) posted several decades ago. Shortly speaking, MikTeX does not remove leading BOM but TeXLive does as shown in the following ...
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Is it necessary to disable virus scanner during TeX Live installation, and if so, why?

Is it necessary to disable virus scanner during TeX Live installation, and if so, why?
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Problem With updmap-sys

I ran the TeX Live 2012 update this morning on my 64-bit Kubuntu 12.04 linux system (tlmgr update --all) and received the following error: tlmgr: package log updated at ...
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Problem with TexLive installation on Fedora 17 to 20

I just upgraded to Fedora 17 and tried to install TeX Live, as usually, by downloading the install script, install-tl from tug.org. When I run ./install-tl I get this output: ...
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What does “restricted \write18 enabled” mean and why does TexLive keep reporting it?

I've installed a backported version of TL2012 on Ubuntu 12.04, and every time I start pdftex, xetex, luatex, pdflatex, xelatex, or lualatex, I get the statement restricted \write18 enabled. entering ...
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How to create Placeholder for missing figure?

I'm writing my paper using texlive2013.As for me,it is rather annoying to swich between writing and plotting figures.So I'd like to create a dummy figure when I was writing to avoid disturbance and ...
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installing comicsans to TeX Live, Windows

I need help to install the comicsans package and the fonts. My system is TeX Live 2011, and Windows 7. Below is what I did: Copied comic.ttf and comicbd.ttf in C:\texlive\texmf-local\fonts\ttf. (I ...
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Rule of thumb for synchronizing/updating Tex distributions

Some companies will not update their tex distribution regularly. What is a practical length of time to allow to pass before failing to resynchronize Tex Live or Miktex could reasonably become a ...
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Cyrillic monospaced font in XeLaTeX

I've installed full TexLive 2011 using "install-tl" script in Ubuntu 12.04. When I was using TexLive 2009 from repositories the following file was compiled without any errors. ...
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Adding a manually installed package/program manual into `texdoc`

I have manually installed a package/program related to LaTeX (it's writer2latex aka w2l in this case). Is there a way how to make texdoc w2l open the PDF documentation of this package?
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Update a package after TeX live freeze?

I realized that I want/have to update a package (moderncv). The problem is that TeX Live went frozen – so there are no more updates. Is the only thing to do is wait till the release of the next TeX ...
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Computer powered down during tlmgr update, now tlmgr won't update packages, nor itself

As title says, I was updating the packages in my TL installation (by tlmgr update --all) from the command line in Win7, but for some strange reason the computer just powered down during the update, ...
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Determining which TeX Live collection a package belongs to

When using the TeX Live Manager or browsing CTAN, sometimes I want to know what TeX Live collection a particular package is found in. What is a convenient way to check?
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TeXLive 2011: pdfLaTeX does not convert eps to pdf for eps files in subdirectories

As from 2010, TexLive has been converting .eps files directly to pdf file if the compilation is done with PDFLaTeX. Thus a file named coilsans.eps will be automatically be converted to a file named ...
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Polutoniko Greek in TexLive 2013

I can no longer compile files with the polutonikogreek language option to babel in TexLive 2013. Everything was fine in TL2012. There is another question showing the same problem: Ancient Greek ...
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How soon do all CTAN mirrors update for TeX Live Utility to detect the changes?

If a new package gets officially recognized with an entry at CTAN today, (on average) when can I typically expect all mirrors to be updated so that TeX Live Utility can detect the changes?
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How TeX creates DVI without reading TFM file?

My setup: TeX Live, version 2014.20141024-2 (packaged with Debian 8 Jessie) Consider test.tex A \bye $ tex -ini '\input plain \dump' This is TeX, Version 3.14159265 (INITEX) ...