I just installed Ubuntu 14.04 and it comes with a basic TeX installation. I use LaTeX a lot and many of my packages don't come with ubuntu TeX installation. It's difficult and time consuming to download missing packages, go through all their files, read instructions, and put each file in the right directory. So I just installed texlive-full.

Although all packages are now installed (/usr/share/...), pdflatex (on terminal) does not find them. How can I find and set the right TexLive path for pdflatex?

I did run texhash.

In TUG, it says add this to your .bashrc:


But I don't have that path on my system. Where is the path to texlive binaries and how to export it? I don't even have "x86_64-linux" under any /texlive/ directory.

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    – Symbol 1
    Sep 23, 2014 at 17:31
  • I think Ubuntu does some strange stuff with config files, anyway, take a look at this answer: tex.stackexchange.com/a/95373/24483 and see if it helps you.
    – d-cmst
    Sep 23, 2014 at 17:35
  • It assumes that you know the path to texlive binaries. I do not have his path, instead, I have "usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/source/latex/koma-script/doc/bin", which just contains two .pl files. Doesn't seem to be the right path.
    – eli
    Sep 23, 2014 at 17:54
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    Did you intall through Apt? If so, you should not be adding any PATH information. If you added that line to your .bashrc, delete it and do source .bashrc (or restart computer) before trying to do any other 'fixes'.
    – jon
    Sep 23, 2014 at 18:30
  • I installed from command line: sudo apt-get install texlive-full
    – eli
    Sep 23, 2014 at 22:16

2 Answers 2


If you install the Debian package texlive through the package manager (apt, aptitude), then you should not set the path.

If you install separately by downloading tlmgr from the TeXLive website, then you do need to set the path (preferably in ~/.profile, not ~/.bashrc, but opinions differ).

  • That is correct.
    – eli
    Sep 23, 2014 at 22:23
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    You should point out that ~/.bashrc is shell-dependent. It will do you no good if you are using zsh, say. Also, if you install system-wide /etc/profile.d/local_texlive.sh and /etc/profile.d/local_texlive.csh or whatever are not bad choices.
    – cfr
    Sep 24, 2014 at 0:18

my guess is that you have the texlive package installed, but not texlive-full. If this is true, there are two options:

  • install texlive-full with apt-get or your favorite package managers. It will bring you most packages there are, but a few released only recently.

  • if you go for the installation of TeX Live from TUG, install to the default, and then adapt your .bashrc to add the parh.

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