My Acer Chromebook C720 is running Ubuntu 14.04. (I installed Ubuntu/ChrUbuntu using the script found at link.)

I wanted to install "vanilla" TeX Live rather than the version in the Ubuntu software repository. And so I followed the instructions found in this answer to the question How to install "vanilla" TeXLive on Debian or Ubuntu?

Unfortunately, I ran into the following error when installing the "fake" package to make Ubuntu think it has installed TeX Live:

$ sudo dpkg -i texlive-local_2014-1_all.deb
dpkg: regarding texlive-local_2014-1_all.deb containing texlive-local:
 texlive-base conflicts with texlive-common
  texlive-local provides texlive-common and is to be installed.

dpkg: error processing archive texlive-local_2014-1_all.deb (--install):
 conflicting packages - not installing texlive-local
Errors were encountered while processing:

How should I proceed?

  • Do you already have another install on the computer? – jon Dec 8 '14 at 21:14
  • I am working with a fresh installation of Ubuntu. – I Like to Code Dec 8 '14 at 21:15
  • Do you have texlive-base installed? You need to remove it. (You might have installed it as a dependency without realising it.) – cfr Dec 9 '14 at 1:56
  • @cfr You're right! Somehow texlive-base was automatically installed. – I Like to Code Dec 9 '14 at 16:39

User cfr pointed out that I may already have texlive-base installed. To check whether this was indeed the case, I listed the installed packages with the name "texlive*".

$ dpkg -l | grep texlive
ii  texlive-base                  2013.20140215-1                                     all          TeX Live: Essential programs and files
ii  texlive-binaries              2013.20130729.30972-2build3                         amd64        Binaries for TeX Live
ii  texlive-fonts-recommended     2013.20140215-1                                     all          TeX Live: Recommended fonts
ii  texlive-generic-recommended   2013.20140215-1                                     all          TeX Live: Generic recommended packages
ii  texlive-latex-base            2013.20140215-1                                     all          TeX Live: LaTeX fundamental packages
ii  texlive-latex-recommended     2013.20140215-1                                     all          TeX Live: LaTeX recommended packages

I then uninstalled all the "texlive*" packages

sudo apt-get purge texlive*

The installation now works as expected.

$ sudo dpkg -i texlive-local_2014-1_all.deb
Selecting previously unselected package texlive-local.
(Reading database ... 166027 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack texlive-local_2014-1_all.deb ...
Unpacking texlive-local (2014-1) ...
Setting up texlive-local (2014-1) ...
  • Don't forget to create symbolic links – subham soni Dec 9 '14 at 16:51
  • @subhamsoni I don't recommend doing it. – egreg Dec 9 '14 at 17:08
  • @egreg Why don't you recommend creating symbolic links? The answer to tex.stackexchange.com/q/1092/7142 recommends creating these links using the command sudo ln -s /usr/local/texlive/2014/bin/* /opt/texbin – I Like to Code Dec 9 '14 at 18:08

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