I just upgraded to Fedora 17 and tried to install TeX Live, as usually, by downloading the install script, install-tl from tug.org. When I run


I get this output:

[giorgos@desktopCosmos install-tl-20120511]$ ./install-tl

Can't locate loadable object for module Digest::MD5 in @INC
(@INC contains: ./tlpkg /usr/local/lib64/perl5 /usr/local/share/perl5 /usr/lib64/perl5/vendor_perl /usr/share/perl5/vendor_perl /usr/lib64/perl5 /usr/share/perl5 .) at tlpkg/TeXLive/TLUtils.pm line 198
Compilation failed in require at tlpkg/TeXLive/TLUtils.pm line 198.
BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at tlpkg/TeXLive/TLUtils.pm line 198.
Compilation failed in require at ./install-tl line 53.
BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at ./install-tl line 53.

MD5.pm, however is already installed i.e. when I run

[giorgos@desktopCosmos install-tl-20120511]$ perl -MCPAN -e 'install Digest::MD5'

Going to read '/home/giorgos/.cpan/Metadata'
  Database was generated on Thu, 14 Jun 2012 00:27:03 GMT
Digest::MD5 is up to date (2.52).

Also, I tried to copy MD5.pm to @INC' s path and still I get the same result.

The problem persists in Fedora 20 as well.

5 Answers 5


You need the package perl-Digest-MD5

sudo yum install perl-Digest-MD5

After a Fedora 20 default installation, I also found that I needed wget

sudo yum install wget

Now you can install

sudo ./install-tl
  • Thanks for this. It works. At home, on my own CentOS build, I have not needed to add anything. At work, it seems they installed an old image disk on my comp where this perl library was missing. Cheers!
    – Celdor
    May 9, 2017 at 9:08

The approach described here appears promising.

It goes as follows (for Fedora 17):

# rpm -i http://jnovy.fedorapeople.org/texlive/2012/packages.fc17/texlive-release.noarch.rpm

The package contains repo file for yum which contains TeX Live with binaries. After installing the release package do:

# yum clean all
# yum install texlive

if you don't have texlive already installed. Otherwise you can update your old TeX Live 2007 installation like:

# yum clean all
# yum update
  • 1
    That is what I always do and it works very well. Also you can install all of TeXLive by doing yum install texlive-scheme-full, it takes a couple of hours, but you have everything. It saves you the headache of doing the manual installation, the drawback is that you need to be Administrator (or at least sudo-yum user).
    – alfC
    Oct 1, 2012 at 20:42

I installed Tex Live on Fedora 17 today and I didn't encountered any problems.

I called the installer like this:

$ perl install-tl

Also I didn't need to install any extra perl packages and I don't any have perl packages installed via CPAN. I used just the perl like it is installed with a default Fedora installation.

Perhaps you are using a local perl installation under /usr/local and/or your CPAN state is messed up. Or your upgrade left out some important perl packages.

  • thank you for your answer, even after a fresh install of fedora 17 I had the same problem. Anyway, I managed to overcome the problem after all but I really don't know how I did it; a bit of luck and careful reading of the error messages... anyway, problem solved
    – gstat
    Jun 16, 2012 at 6:51
  • you surely had perl-Digest-MD5 installed has a dependency from another package, the solution is to install it as Nate Iverson suggested Aug 9, 2012 at 11:39

I ran into this problem as well, and managed to get the installer to start if I first installed Digest::MD5 via cpan and then ran perl install-tl.

However, I had to run those as root, because otherwise the install script wouldn't let me install TL to the hard drive (because of obvious permissions problems).

This is what I did to make it work:

sudo cpan install Digest::MD5
sudo perl ./install-tl

Either install the TeX system that comes with the distribution, or install Jindrich Novy's texlive repository for a newer version. Note that Fedora 18 has the above already integrated, so perhaps a better solution is to just upgrade.

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