I install TeX Live 2011 in Linux, but i can not configure kile to run the TL11. Can you explain step by step, please?


$gedit ~/.profile

and digit

PATH=/usr/local/texlive/2011/bin/i386-linux:$PATH; export PATH MANPATH=/usr/local/texlive/2011/texmf/doc/man:$MANPATH; export MANPATH INFOPATH=/usr/local/texlive/2011/texmf/doc/info:$INFOPATH; export INFOPATH


PATH=/usr/local/texlive/2011/bin/x86_64-linux:$PATH; export PATH

for 64 bits.

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Kile uses only commands like pdflatex. So you have to check whether the symbolic links are created.

Type in the terminal: latex -v

The result should be:

marco@ubuntu:~$ latex -v
pdfTeX 3.1415926-2.3-1.40.12 (TeX Live 2011)
kpathsea version 6.0.1

I guess you don't get this output. In this case the TeXLive documentation is your friend.

  • @Marco I just installed TexLive 2011 from the sources without having an older version on Maverick. Now I would like to install Kile without installing the old TexLive that apt whats to install when I try to install Kile via ppa. The same dependency problems occur when I want to install Kile from the sources. How is it possible to discard to install the old TexLive version?
    – JJD
    Oct 6, 2011 at 23:28
  • @JJD: You can install Kile by the terminal: Please see apt-get install. Oct 7, 2011 at 9:46
  • @Marco I know. But that includes dependencies which result in installing the old version of TexLive.
    – JJD
    Oct 7, 2011 at 15:02
  • @JJD: No first you must download the file with sudo apt-get download and then use dpgk. Oct 7, 2011 at 15:36
  • @Marco But still it will download 679MB as you can see in this screenshot.
    – JJD
    Oct 7, 2011 at 16:36

put the following script as zzzz-texlive.sh into the directory /etc/profile.d/:

export PATH=/usr/local/texlive/2011/bin/`uname -i`-linux:$PATH
export MANPATH=/usr/local/texlive/2011/texmf/doc/man:$MANPATH
export INFOPATH=/usr/local/texlive/2011/texmf/doc/info:$INFOPATH

and restart the system

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    You do not need to reboot. Just log out and in again, that should do it.
    – Keks Dose
    Jul 28, 2011 at 12:29
  • true and that was what I meant ...
    – user2478
    Jul 28, 2011 at 13:07
  • Where does the "zzzz" prefix come from?
    – alonso s
    Dec 9, 2018 at 0:45
  • The ifiles n that directory are executed in alphabetical order. With zzzz we can be sure that it will be one of the last ones
    – user2478
    Dec 9, 2018 at 6:46

For the ubuntu 12.04, there is a PPA available: https://launchpad.net/~texlive-backports/+archive/ppa

To install the repository, type in terminal: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:texlive-backports/ppa

Then you can install latex as usual (there are a lot of guides on the web). To check the version of latex you are using type, in the terminal: latex -v

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