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How to install “vanilla” TeXLive on Debian or Ubuntu?

Debian and Ubuntu have very good texlive packaging. But I'd like to use tlmgr to have a more fine-grained control about upgrades and which packages I want to be installed. So how do I install ...
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What are the advantages of TeX Live over MiKTeX?

I have been using MiKTeX for a couple of years. I don't know whether it is "wise" to insist on using it. Could you give me a list of advantages of TeX Live over 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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How to remove everything related to TeX Live for fresh install on Ubuntu?

How can I remove everything that is related to TeX Live from my Ubuntu 12.04? I first used the backport packages from ppa:texlive-backports/ppa and later the manual install via install-tl-unx.tar.gz. ...
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Best way to install packages for TeXLive in Ubuntu?

I want to install a package (specifically xlop). I'm using TeXLive on Ubuntu, and I don't really know my way around LaTeX. Can apt-get install or something similar be used?
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How to make LaTeX see local texmf tree

I recently installed TeXLive 2011 on my Mac running Snow Leopard. I did not download MacTeX (for reasons we won't go into here). I'm running into a problem where pdflatex can't see my local texmf ...
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What font packages are installed in TeX live?

What font packages are installed in a full installation of TeX live? Which are obsolete? Example: \usepackage{mathpazo} brings Palatino as the roman font. The times package seems to be obsolete (as ...
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Converting MS Word .doc to LaTeX by command line

There are many guides to convert .doc to .tex with text editor softwares (mostly under Windows); and this popularity has made it hard to search for command-based converting methods. I am looking for ...
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How to print the list of packages installed on TeX Live to a file?

OS: Ubuntu 11.10 TeX: Tex Live 2011 List of packages originally installed with Tex Live Using the information given at the aforementioned question, I was able to see the list of packages in my ...
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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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Forward-inverse search using SyncTeX with the precison of a single word

I would like to know if SyncTeX supports forward search and inverse search in a precision of a single word. The "default" implementation in both TeXLive and MikTeX only seems to be able to synchronize ...
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tlmgr is not accessible after installing TeX Live 2011 on a Ubuntu system

tlmgr -gui No command 'tlmgr' found, did you mean: Command 'vlmgr' from package 'qdbm-util' (universe) Command 'rlmgr' from package 'qdbm-util' (universe) tlmgr: command not found Since I ...
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Setting the path to textlive installation, round 2

It seems like everytime I install textlive distro on one of my computers I have the same problem: peter@msideb:~$ tlmgr --gui bash: tlmgr: command not found The below reflects the current state of ...
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Update TikZ/PGF on mac

the TeXLive 2012 distribution on my Mac is shipped with TikZ version 2.10 - I want to use (try) the CVS (most updated beta(?) version). Here's what I've done so far: Downloaded the the TDS package ...
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Why is the MacTeX distribution so large? Is there anything smaller for OS X?

I would like to know how to install LaTeX on Mac 10.6 or higher. But the MacTeX is some 1.28 GB file! Is there a smaller distribution I could install? What exactly is TeX Live?
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Why does TeX Live “require” yearly updates?

Every year TeX Live provides a new version. My recollection is that soon after a new version is released, the old version's tlmgr stops fetching updates to packages. They provide upgrading ...
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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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How can I balance uniformity of style files against modularity?

I'm using Windows/TeXworks/MiKTeX, and I would like to have one style file I can use anywhere in any document in my top-level folder. If I want to add a new command or renew an old one, I'd like that ...
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Packages to install once for all

I just upgraded my Ubuntu from 12.04 to 14.04. Then, I have manually installed tex-common, texlive-base and texlive-latex-recommended. And I realize that some packages do not exist anymore. For ...
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TeX Live Manager crashes with “Unknown docfile tag”

Today my TeX Live 2013 stopped updating packages. I use tlmgr to update packages but it's crashing with the following error: $ sudo tlmgr update Unknown docfile tag: ...
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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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Error in TeX Live – Font … not loadable: Metric (TFM) file not found

I freshly installed 'basic' version of TeX Live 2012 (not full, only basic version). I have following line in my code: \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} I get following error: ...
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Problems installing MathTime Professional 2 font on TexLive

June 2014 update: on the basis of this page and the question here I have written an installer for the MathTime fonts that should work with Unix systems running TeX Live. The installer page is on my ...
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Does TeXLive2013 need any special install instructions?

When I installed TeXLive2012 on Linux some time ago, I had to follow How to install "vanilla" TeXLive on Debian or Ubuntu?. For the new release, as of yesterday, will I need to mimic the ...
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tlmgr: TeX Live 2011 is frozen forever

I recently installed TeX Live 2011 (basic) and ran tlmgr command. The output said No command 'tlmgr' found, did you mean..... As a remedy I exported the directory where tlmgr is located to $PATH ...
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How do I add Hebrew support to TeXLive on Windows (with pdfTeX+babel)?

I just downloaded & installed TeXLive 2012 on my Windows 7 box, including Hebrew language support. I then tried to process the following document: \documentclass{article} ...
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What are TeXLive's four different texmf folders?

Could someone please explain to me what the purpose of the four different texmf folders are in Mac? E.g. there is: /usr/local/texlive/2011/texmf /usr/local/texlive/2011/texmf-config ...
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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 use the Luximono font with TeX Live?

I've switched from MiKTeX 2.9 to TeX Live 2011 (pretest version). I've managed to integrate some third party fonts (included neither in MiKTeX nor in TeX Live) in my TEXMFLOCAL tree following the ...
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Multi-OS Portable TeX system

I'm looking to treat myself to a totally portable TeX system and was wondering: is it possible to devise an installation scheme that would run on Windows, Linux and MacOS at the "same" time? I think ...
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Why can't TeX Live's size be reduced?

I understand that the following question has been answered Why is the MacTeX distribution so large? Is there anything smaller for OS X? but my question differs from it. I just installed MacTeX and ...
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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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Referencing bib files with spaces in the filename

I am using a Mac with TeX Live and Mendeley for automatically generating .bib files, some of which have spaces in the file names. I would like to know how to reference such files from LaTeX as using ...
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tlmgr cannot setup TLPDB

I'm trying to update my installation of texlive 2013 under Ubuntu 13.10. However, I followed the instruction on this answer, but I get an error (running on Debian, switching to user mode!) ...
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How to install a package from an older version of TeXLive?

I am using TeXLive 2010. I wanted to try xelatex for better unicode support. But I am unable to install these new packages as the TeXLive mirrors have moved on to 2011. tlmgr: package repository ...
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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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How to upgrade TeXLive 2009 to TeXLive 2010

I have a TeXLive 2009 installation on my Linux machine. And, I'd like to upgrade it to TeXLive 2010. I tried the command sudo tlmgr update --self --all as suggested in How to keep my TeX Live ...
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How does LaTeX find package files?

On a fresh install of TeXlive on a Linux box (Linux Mint 11) I get the following error message: ! LaTeX Error: File `scalefnt.sty' not found. But the file is there: $ find /usr/ -name ...
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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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Local font installation problems

Recently I tried to reinstall the MathTimePro II fonts in my local texmf directory. I already have Lucida fonts installed which works fine. So I carefully copied all the relevant files/folders to the ...
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How to configure kile to run texlive 2011?

I install TeX Live 2011 in Linux, but i can not configure kile to run the TL11. Can you explain step by step, please? Solved: $gedit ~/.profile and digit ...
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New language - hyphenation

I'm working in a project (Ubuntu Manual, if you're curious) which requires TeX to create a PDF document. But when we have almost all translated, I've found that there wasn't an hyphenation pattern for ...
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Tengwar script in TeX Live

I tried to compile this example but the LaTeX compiler gives the following errors. What can I do? name = tngani, rootname = tngani, pointsize = mktexmf: empty or non-existent rootfile! Cannot find ...
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Font: Is British Baskerville typeface available in TeXLive 2010

I would like to know if the British Baskerville typeface is available in TeXLive2010 (i.e. freely). If yes, which package to load? Thanks...
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Help using MathTime Pro 2 fonts in Ubuntu Linux with tex-live

I installed the MTPro2 fonts in Ubuntu 12.04 by extracting the MTPro2 ZIP file into a directory called "mathtime" and then doing the following: sudo mv mathtime/* /usr/local/share/texmf/ cd ...
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Is it possible to download TeX Live in a separate, single file?

Installation through the internet is so harsh... For example, is there a torrent for TeX Live?
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How to use translate_file correctly in patgen of TexLive?

This question follows previous one about use of patgen. I installed TeX Live 2011 (thanks Martin) and find patgen (version 2.4) command. According to manual, command is: patgen dictionary_file ...
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Getting Texlive version in pdflatex? [duplicate]

I just installed Texlive 2014, and ran into this problem: lgrxenc.def not nound. The solution is apparently to remove LGRx from \usepackage[LGRx,T1]{fontenc}; but I'd rather use something like this: ...
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If I have TeX Live 2011 how to install a previous version of biblatex (1.0)?

I install from the internet TeX Live 2011. I have to use MLA to write all my papers, and I have this problem: biblatex-mla sometimes \autocite[prenote][pg]{key} is not printing the author's name ...
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I can't find file `pgfutil-common-lists.tex'

I am using texlive 2013, and just ran the following command to update the packages. sudo ./tlmgr update -all After it finished, I tried to compile tex documents that uses tikz package as the ...