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My OS is Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS. I am trying to install latex on my computer and decided to use Texlive. The install seems to have worked properly but when I try to use tlmgr, I get the error: (running on Debian, switching to user mode!) tlmgr: The TeX Live versions supported by the repository http://ftp.math.purdue.edu/mirrors/ctan.org/systems/texlive/tlnet (2014--2014) do not include the version of the local installation (2013).

I have never installed the 2013 texlive version and I set my PATH variable so that the command tex --version sees that I have Texlive 2014. I still get the same error. I know this is very similar to TexLive Manager - tlmgr version conflict (2013-2014) but I tried all the responses to this question and nothing worked.

  • If you installed TeX Live using Ubuntu's package manager, you cannot update the system installation using tlmgr and tlmgr's functionality is restricted to user-mode. It is possible that you have two versions of TeX Live installed. This is not necessary and tends to cause a lot of confusion so it is better to either use your distro's version or to use upstream's installer - rather than mixing the two. See tex.stackexchange.com/questions/1092/… if you want to use upstream's version and uninstall TL through Ubuntu's package manager. – cfr Sep 24 '14 at 21:32
  • As superuser, you may add the path of your TeXLive 2014 installation (something like /usr/local/texlive/2014/bin/x86_64-linux) at the beginning of the PATH variable in the /etc/environment file (then restart your session). – Paul Gaborit Sep 24 '14 at 22:05
  • Please read this answer to a related question, maybe you'll find it useful. – Aradnix Sep 24 '14 at 23:43

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