I have some problem with my installation of Texlive Vanilla 2018 on my Debian Stretch.

Everything going well during installation but when I am trying to use Texmaker or LyX, they don't work and don't find any package.

At the end of the vanilla installation, I have tested that everything working well with :

tex --version

latex sample2e.tex

xdvi sample2e.dvi

pdflatex sample2e.tex

following this page : https://www.tug.org/texlive/doc/texlive-fr/texlive-fr.html#x1-350003.4

And I obtain the right pdf and everything was fine with this method.

So, I think that there is a problem with the equivs dummy package or with the PATH.

In LyX, all the document class are unavailable and in TeXmaker, the command: "pdflatex -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode %.tex" is not working.

I already succeed to install Texlive Vanilla on my previous computer on Debian Stretch (With texlive2016 1 years ago) but it was difficult too. This time I don't see any solution. The Vanilla Texlive is my nightmares with Debian using.

Is there a particularity with the 2018 teXlive Vanilla ?

  • Welcome to TeX.SX! So you could compile the sample file but not your own code? If yes it could help to see your code, as minimal working example.
    – Bobyandbob
    May 29, 2018 at 16:34
  • How exactly did you add the tl18 path? Who exactly are you starting texmaker or LyX? Command line or via a menu?
    – daleif
    May 29, 2018 at 17:50
  • I can compile if I use the sample in the terminal. But I can't compile anything with teXmaker or LyX I have used : export PATH=/usr/local/texlive/2018/bin/x86_64-linux:$PATH export MANPATH=/usr/local/texlive/2018/texmf-dist/doc/man:$MANPATH export INFOPATH=/usr/local/texlive/2018/texmf-dist/doc/info:$INFOPATH I start Texmaker and Lyx via the toolbar (not sure of the english word), i am using XFCE on Debian.
    – blue sky
    May 30, 2018 at 0:13

1 Answer 1


This is a problem of PATH setup. According to your comment you are using

export PATH=/usr/local/texlive/2018/bin/x86_64-linux:$PATH

which is fine for a terminal session, but not for the GUI you are using. If you are on Debian, you will need to do something else, there are two ways:

  • (for all users) either you set the PATH globally in /etc/profile.d/texlive.sh where you put the three export lines you mentioned
  • (only for you) add the three export lines to $HOME/.xsessionrc which is sourced

After one of these changes and re-logging in the GUI environment should have a PATH setting including the local TL, and the TeX GUIs should pick it up automatically.

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