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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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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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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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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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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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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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TeX Live 2012 - what should be known about it?

TeX Live 2012 release is near, so I think it is possibly a good time to sum it a bit, like it was done before with 2011. Feel free to add anything relevant in this community wiki. What should we know ...
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How to publish a package that includes scripts and/or executables?

I'm preparing to publish my first package, and am not sure about the best way to proceed. I understand the standard CTAN publishing approach, but I'm dealing with a somewhat atypical case since my ...
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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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latex gives me the error: Ouch---my internal constants have been clobbered

As the title states, compiling with latex produces the error, right away: Ouch---my internal constants have been clobbered!---case 14 I have no idea what this means... I use TexLive 2012. I updated ...
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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 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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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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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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Different package manager: Why? [closed]

I was wondering why do we need different package managers in TeXLive and MiKTex? Would it not be better and less work for both authors if there was a common approach and even other persons taking ...
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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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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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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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Using MiKTeX and TeX Live on the same computer?

Is there anything I should be aware of if I want to install MiKTeX and TeX Live on the same computer? Are there any problems, any incompatabilities? Is it even possible? I imagine there could be some ...
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TeXLive 2011 - what's new, what is no longer available - i.e. what should be known before upgrading

According to http://www.tug.org/texlive/ TeXLive 2011 is almost released, so it's a good moment to initiate some early reports about it, especially: what it brings new to the table - e.g. killer ...
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Can TeX Live pretest be upgraded to official edition?

If I install a pretest version of TeX Live, can it be upgraded to the final release with tlmgr when that is out? Or will I have to install again?
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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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Faroese language package

I am working on a project in faroese, where I need to use the localization features offered by babel. I cannot find a faroese babel package, and when searching for it, there seems to be some ...
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Which fonts that are part of TeXLive have “real small caps”?

The TeX font catalogue doesn't allow you to see which fonts have real small caps. Some fonts do not have real small caps (e.g. any of the mathdesign ones). But some do (computer modern and therefore ...
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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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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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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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'What's new' on tlmgr

I'm using tlmgr to update packages. Once a week I use it and update all. But some times I'd like to know what are the changes on some packages. Is it possible to show this? Maybe clicking somewhere ...
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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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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 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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What does “skipping forcibly removed package xxx” mean? Should I care about it?

I got the following messages when updating TeX Live 2012 using the provided GUI. What does "skipping forcibly removed package xxx" mean? Should I care about it?
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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 move from makeindex to xindy?

Is there an easy, lightweight way to manage multiple glossaries and indices using xindy rather than makeindex? Everything works currently using makeindex, but it's not as nice as it could be. I'm fine ...
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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 install a latex package in MacOS TeXLive?

I just downloaded cyrillic package into a temp directory and executed: sudo latex cyrlatex.ins It works, but it produces a few dozen files in the same directory. How to place them into my TeXLive ...
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Replacement for MiKTeX's texify in TeX Live

I used to use the texify command in MiKTeX on Windows. I would, for example, run a command like: texify --pdf --run-viewer file.tex which, as I understand it, would produce a pdf, automatically ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. :-) ...