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Where can I find the changelog of TeX Live releases?

I know that TeX Live 2013 is now in beta and that there are already some new packages. I would like to know where the complete changelog will be available, when the new version will be released, and ...
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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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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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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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How to register my own packages or classes in a separate drive to TeX Live installation?

I create my own documentclasses and packages in some directory of tex\latex. The directory tex\latex itself might be in any other directory in any drive. I can register the packages/classes to Miktex ...
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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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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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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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Clean uninstall of TeX Live (for upgrading to the next version)

I understand upgrading from TeX Live 2012 to 2013 is not a single-click operation. As I was working on some important documents and didn't want to compromise my TeX distribution, I've put off ...
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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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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 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 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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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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Is is possible to install only the required LaTeX tool “pdflatex” in Ubuntu?

I do not know the dependencies b/w the tools provided by the LaTeX bulky lib. A suggested command to install LaTeX tools on Ubuntu is: sudo apt-get install texlive-full It's full installation ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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tlmgr error: perl.exe has stopped working

I have been using TeX Live 2010 on my Windows 7 computer for some time now, without problems. Recently I decided to use the TeX Live Manager to check for updates, which were successfully installed. ...
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What analysis of Texlive's restricted permissions model exists?

TH. writes, in How should one use \write18 with BibTeX: Background Now that TeX Live 2010 has a restricted \write18, I figured it'd be reasonable to update my cv which uses the bibunits package ...
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How to move TeX Live to another partition (/data)

I'm a LyX user. Can I move all (or most) of the TeX related files/folders to another (Linux) partition (/data) and so reuse that partition for LyX-TeX after OS re-install, as well as share that TeX ...
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Package “nth” is in CTAN, but tlmgr doesn't find it

I'm trying to install the nth package, which automatically adds and formats ordinal numbers in English. The package is included in the default TeXLive distribution, but I had to install a smaller ...
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LaTeX minimal installation in GNU/Linux distributions (e.g., in Ubuntu and using apt-get)

I am running LaTeX on a Linux VM. I am running a Xubuntu and have very little space to use. I managed to install some of the latex packages without documentation. Currently I am missing fullpage ...
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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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Luaotfload: version mismatch

Compiling with LuaLaTeX and the recent update seems to produce some disturbance: ... ) (/usr/local/texlive/2013/texmf-dist/tex/latex/fontspec/fontspec-luatex.sty ...
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Installing TeXLive 2013 side by side on an existing TeXLive 2012

tlmgr stopped working complaining that it is version 2012 while the repository is 2013. Fine, I need to install TL 2013. So I try and do just that, by following the first link at ...
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How to use TeX Live on Fedora 17?

On Fedora 17 I have at least 3 ways to use TeX Live: Install it from the default repository (TeX Live 2007, very old) Add a work-in-progress developer repository - is it stable enough? In the past ...
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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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How to improve texdoc results?

texdoc often fails for me, e.g. $ locate beameruserguide.pdf /usr/share/doc/latex-beamer/beameruserguide.pdf.gz $ texdoc -l beamer 1 ...