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According to How to install "vanilla" TeXLive on Debian or Ubuntu? Fake packages

$ sudo apt-get install equivs --no-install-recommends
$ mkdir -p /tmp/tl-equivs && cd /tmp/tl-equivs
$ equivs-control texlive-local

I change the content of texlive-local file to https://www.tug.org/texlive/files/debian-equivs-2015-ex.txt and I try to build

$ equivs-build texlive-local
dh_testdir
dh_testroot
dh_prep
sh: 1: cannot open package: No such file
sh: 1: defaults: not found
dh_prep: rm -f debian/<package name; defaults to equivs-dummy>.*.debhelper returned exit code 127
make: *** [install] Error 25
Error in the build process: exit status 2

closed as off-topic by cfr, Kurt, barbara beeton, Andrew, Sean Allred Aug 22 '16 at 1:51

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  • No problem at all using Ubuntu 14.04. are you sure you made a proper download of the .txt file and copied it to texlive-local (BTW: since you owerwrite the texlive-local file, the equivs-control part is not needed, it just makes a template – daleif Jan 13 '16 at 12:27
  • before building you could to a cat texlive-local and see if the contents is the same as you get if you open the link in a browser – daleif Jan 13 '16 at 12:28
  • @daleif Done the steps again, and it's fine. Don't know what happened previous. – jaquar c Jan 13 '16 at 15:29
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    I usually blame cosmic radiation – daleif Jan 13 '16 at 15:30
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because the problem cannot be reproduced (even by the OP - see comments) and the problem has vanished into the ether. Suggested diagnosis is cosmic radiation which is off-topic here but might be of interest on Physics SE. – cfr Aug 22 '16 at 0:29
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As a simplest way,

$ equivs-control texlive-local
$ cp debian-equivs-2015-ex.txt texlive-local
$ equivs-build texlive-local
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    A warm welcome to TeX.SE! – A Feldman Jun 22 '16 at 19:40

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