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This is an update of my earlier question today. That title ("user rights to /usr/share") was unfortunately misleading.

I have a single user system, so I'm a sysadmin by default. Translation: I do not know Linux well enough to do a TeX Live install safely.

I've used TeX Live for several years, but always installed it as sudo. My OS is Ubuntu 19.04. I'd now like to do the TeX Live install as a regular user, because that's what the TeX Live documentation recommends. Let's call that user Bob.

After downloading install-tl-unx.tar.gz and extracting the install-tl script, I start the installation as user, by running: perl install-tl -gui. I get a permissions error saying that Bob cannot install to /usr/local/texlive/2019.

Here's my question. What is the Linux statement, I need to execute as sudo to give me the rights needed to complete this installation?

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Update 29-Jun-2019:

executing the following statement as sudo allowed me (as Bob) to complete the texlive install:

sudo setfacl -m u:bob:rwx /usr/local

Perhaps this will help someone sometime.

I've not yet had time to determine whether it solves my original problem (strangeness in access to fonts).

Thanks to all who responded to the post. I now consider it "answered" , unless someone can think of a better answer to the question.

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