Why is uncommenting the two lines in the MWE below throwing an error (see below)?



% \usepackage{lineno}

% \linenumbers



\section{Hello, hello}

Hello world.


The build log:

This is pdfTeX, Version 3.1415926-2.4-1.40.13 (TeX Live 2012/Debian) \write18 enabled. entering extended mode (/tmp/gummi_ERIFNY LaTeX2e <2011/06/27> Babel and hyphenation patterns for english, dumylang, nohyphenation, ng erman, german, swissgerman, ngerman-x-2012-05-30, german-x-2012-05-30, loaded. (/usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/base/article.cls Document Class: article 2007/10/19 v1.4h Standard LaTeX document class (/usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/base/size11.clo))

! LaTeX Error: File `lineno.sty' not found.

Type X to quit or to proceed, or enter new name. (Default extension: sty)

Enter file name: /tmp/gummi_ERIFNY:10: Emergency stop. l.10 \linenumbers ^^M /tmp/gummi_ERIFNY:10: ==> Fatal error occurred, no output PDF file produced! Transcript written on /tmp/gummi_ERIFNY.log.

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    Nothing to do with incompatibility. The error says you need to install lineno. Works fine for me. Sep 12, 2016 at 21:07

1 Answer 1


Simple: The package isn’t installed on your system. And your using a quite outdated (4 years old!) distribution. I guess the one shipped with Linux? A current TeX Live can be found at: https://tug.org/texlive/quickinstall.html

  • ... as in: read-what-it-says-on-the-tin ;-) Sep 12, 2016 at 21:15

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