Now, miktex is available for selected distributions of linux. Is is possible to install miktex and texlive on the same machine without any problem? If yes, how? Can anybody who has done this share his/her experience?

  • You can do it, but you should only install more than one TeX distribution if you know how to work with PATHs and how to resolve dependencies if there are any (i.e. if you know your OS).
    – TeXnician
    May 22 '18 at 10:57

As long as you don't run out of space on your harddisk, you can install even texlive and miktex.

But using one of them without running into trouble is something for experts. Let's say, miktex were installed on /usr/local/miktex and texlive in /usr/local/texlive.

OK, you could write pathes in your .profile to both, but comment out one or another. If you'd like to change, edit .profile, log out, log in again and proceed.

But miktex and texlive differ. A *.tex file you compiled with miktex might not compile with texlive due to different versions of a package or a document class.

So may advice is: Don't do it until you are an expert.

  • On windows it is easier, there you only need to change the path variable. Beside this: The fact that the systems differ is one of the reason why I have both. It helps a lot to track down errors if you can compare working with not-working compilations. May 22 '18 at 11:52
  • @UlrikeFischer Ha, on newer Windows versions. I remember that you had to reboot after a path change in earlier versions. However, OP is on Linux (which makes him an expert ?). And your error tracking abilities are so much above nearly anybody else' -- you really want newcommers to confuse things between MikTeX and TeXlive?
    – Keks Dose
    May 22 '18 at 11:56
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    @UlrikeFischer you only need to change the path on linux too May 22 '18 at 11:56
  • @DavidCarlisle Yes, but usually you have pathes in your .profile and after a change there you have to log in again. That's what I meant. As far as I remember the texlive manual tells you to do that.
    – Keks Dose
    May 22 '18 at 11:58
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    Sure. You could always locally change the path variable in a cmd-window, so the editor only needs to do the equivalent of set path =XXX;%path% pdflatex .... . May 22 '18 at 12:49

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