I just installed LaTeX on my system, which is a Linux Mint 16 (Cinnamon) 32-bit installation on a 64-bit Lenovo e420.

I originally had used apt-get to install the base Ubuntu package along with Texworks. But I soon ran into a problem with tlmgr ("cannot setup TLPDB") that is identified as a bug here.

Based on a relevant stackexchange thread I removed my LaTeX packages, downloaded the most recent manual install from tug.org, and did a manual install. tlmgr now works. But, even though the installer indicates that there is a Texworks collection, Texworks doesn't seem to get installed. Texworks doesn't appear in the Texlive .../bin/ location, PATH, etc. If it does get installed, I don't know where it is. Is this expected behavior? Did I do something wrong? (Note: if I install the Texworks package from the repositories, I can use it and compile documents. But I don't know if there are hidden compatibility issues that might crop up).

  • 3
    Vanilla TeXlive (which you installed) does not contain TeXworks. – Martin Schröder Jan 29 '14 at 0:23
  • 3
    The trick is to install Texworks from the repositories without installing texlive-whatever from the repositories. Usually, this means installing a 'dummy' package which convinces your package manager that the dependencies for the editor are installed properly. I haven't done this on Ubuntu but I did it a while back for Debian and currently use it for both Fedora and Arch. Although finding the information to set this up might be slightly tricky, it is a lot easier than dealing with two installations at once. Also, somebody is bound to have posted instructions for Ubuntu as it is so popular. – cfr Jan 29 '14 at 3:08
  • 2
    Here are instructions: tug.org/texlive/debian.html. – cfr Jan 29 '14 at 3:13
  • @MartinSchröder, I installed a custom version by using the relevant menu item in the install tool. (i.e., I installed the basic packages plus a few, including Texworks). – Kevin Jan 30 '14 at 1:43
  • @Kevin The TeX Live package only includes the TeXworks binary on Windows and OS X. In the case of Linux, the binary is missing because it depends on a bunch of libraries which will vary depending on your distribution, distribution version, the repositories you use etc. See /usr/local/texlive/2013/texmf-dist/doc/texworks/README for the explanation (assuming you installed in the standard localtion). – cfr Jan 30 '14 at 4:52

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.