I recently installed a full version of TeXLive 2012 (around 3.2 GB installation). Following is a simple LaTeX code that I am unable to compile:


\title{\LaTeX\ Document}
\author{Joe the Student}
   Hello world!
   My email is \href{mailto:[email protected]}{my\[email protected]}

I get following error when I try to compile with pdflatex:

This is pdfTeX, Version 3.1415926-2.4-1.40.13 (TeX Live 2012/Debian)
 restricted \write18 enabled.
entering extended mode
LaTeX2e <2011/06/27>
Babel <v3.8m> and hyphenation patterns for english, dumylang, nohyphenation, lo
Document Class: article 2007/10/19 v1.4h Standard LaTeX document class

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

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

Enter file name: 

Package hyperref Message: Driver (autodetected): hpdftex.

(./tex.aux) (/usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/hyperref/nameref.sty
(./tex.out) (./tex.out) [1{/var/lib/texmf/fonts/map/pdftex/updmap/pdftex.map}]

*File List*
 article.cls    2007/10/19 v1.4h Standard LaTeX document class
  size10.clo    2007/10/19 v1.4h Standard LaTeX file (size option)
hyperref.sty    2012/05/13 v6.82q Hypertext links for LaTeX
hobsub-hyperref.sty    2012/05/28 v1.13 Bundle oberdiek, subset hyperref (HO)
hobsub-generic.sty    2012/05/28 v1.13 Bundle oberdiek, subset generic (HO)
  hobsub.sty    2012/05/28 v1.13 Construct package bundles (HO)
infwarerr.sty    2010/04/08 v1.3 Providing info/warning/error messages (HO)
 ltxcmds.sty    2011/11/09 v1.22 LaTeX kernel commands for general use (HO)
ifluatex.sty    2010/03/01 v1.3 Provides the ifluatex switch (HO)
  ifvtex.sty    2010/03/01 v1.5 Detect VTeX and its facilities (HO)
 intcalc.sty    2007/09/27 v1.1 Expandable calculations with integers (HO)
   ifpdf.sty    2011/01/30 v2.3 Provides the ifpdf switch (HO)
etexcmds.sty    2011/02/16 v1.5 Avoid name clashes with e-TeX commands (HO)
kvsetkeys.sty    2012/04/25 v1.16 Key value parser (HO)
kvdefinekeys.sty    2011/04/07 v1.3 Define keys (HO)
pdftexcmds.sty    2011/11/29 v0.20 Utility functions of pdfTeX for LuaTeX (HO)
pdfescape.sty    2011/11/25 v1.13 Implements pdfTeX's escape features (HO)
bigintcalc.sty    2012/04/08 v1.3 Expandable calculations on big integers (HO)
  bitset.sty    2011/01/30 v1.1 Handle bit-vector datatype (HO)
uniquecounter.sty    2011/01/30 v1.2 Provide unlimited unique counter (HO)
letltxmacro.sty    2010/09/02 v1.4 Let assignment for LaTeX macros (HO)
 hopatch.sty    2012/05/28 v1.2 Wrapper for package hooks (HO)
xcolor-patch.sty    2011/01/30 xcolor patch
atveryend.sty    2011/06/30 v1.8 Hooks at the very end of document (HO)
atbegshi.sty    2011/10/05 v1.16 At begin shipout hook (HO)
refcount.sty    2011/10/16 v3.4 Data extraction from label references (HO)
 hycolor.sty    2011/01/30 v1.7 Color options for hyperref/bookmark (HO)
  keyval.sty    1999/03/16 v1.13 key=value parser (DPC)
 ifxetex.sty    2010/09/12 v0.6 Provides ifxetex conditional
kvoptions.sty    2011/06/30 v3.11 Key value format for package options (HO)
  pd1enc.def    2012/05/13 v6.82q Hyperref: PDFDocEncoding definition (HO)
hyperref.cfg    2002/06/06 v1.2 hyperref configuration of TeXLive
 hpdftex.def    2012/05/13 v6.82q Hyperref driver for pdfTeX
rerunfilecheck.sty    2011/04/15 v1.7 Rerun checks for auxiliary files (HO)
 nameref.sty    2010/04/30 v2.40 Cross-referencing by name of section
gettitlestring.sty    2010/12/03 v1.4 Cleanup title references (HO)

    Output written on tex.pdf (1 page, 34458 bytes).
    Transcript written on tex.log.

Compilation halts at the prompt:

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

Enter file name:

and then proceeds and does create the pdf as expected. However I don't understand why I get the compilation error in the first place.

I successfully verified that packages hyperref and url are installed using command:

tlmgr show <pkg-name>

However, I read somewhere that url is part of ltxmisc and output of

ls /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/ltxmisc/ 

has url.sty missing.

Please let me know what could be wrong.

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    Your pdftex says "Debian" at the start. Are you sure that it is from the fresh Texlive and not from another TeX? Dec 1, 2012 at 22:53
  • @UlrikeFischer: I installed TexLive 2012 fresh this morning using install-tl script. I am using Ubuntu, that's why may be output of pdflatex mentions Debian. Dec 1, 2012 at 22:56
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    Dec 1, 2012 at 23:17
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    Sorry but I doubt that the log is from a fresh Texlive. E.g. The hyperref version looks to old. Dec 1, 2012 at 23:19
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    @UlrikeFischer: You are correct. I had installed 'Gummi', a LaTeX editor that must have installed all the other dependencies to compile and view LaTeX documents. I checked I have latex in /usr/bin/ that must have been installed by Gummi or some other program. /usr/bin/` is earlier in PATH than /usr/local/texlive/2012/bin/i386-linux, hence it was picking up pdflatex from the earlier path. However, what I am surprised by is that I never installed texlive from synaptic/software center. How come even the basic document got compiled? Dec 1, 2012 at 23:52

1 Answer 1


url.sty is part of TeX Live package url and is installed as


If the file is present, it should be listed in


with the two lines:


If not, then regenerate ls-R by running texhash /usr/share/texlive as user root (as user that has permissions for /usr/share/texlive/).

If the file url.sty is missing in this location, then you can try

$ find /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/ -name url.sty

to locate it.

Manual installation

CTAN:macros/latex/contrib/url/ contains the files for package url. They should be sorted into the following texmf/TDS locations:

TDS:doc/latex/url/miscdoc.sty TDS:doc/latex/url/url.pdf TDS:doc/latex/url/url.tex TDS:tex/latex/url/url.sty

Usually additional packages are installed in the local or home texmf tree. In this case, however, it would put them into the distribution tree:

TDS: ≡ /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/

The run texhash again.

I do not know your, why your full install misses the url package or why it cannot be reinstalled. Enable verbose/debug options for tlmgr if available and post the output, perhaps someone can see the reason. There is also a mailing list texlive for problems/bug reports regarding tlmgr.

  • I regenerated ls-R, however the output of find command is still empty. ls-R after regeneration does not contain the two lines you mentioned. BTW, I freshly installed TexLive 2012 this morning. Dec 1, 2012 at 22:30
  • @abhinavkulkarni Can you reinstall the package? Dec 1, 2012 at 22:45
  • @HeikoOverdiek: I tried that as well using command sudo tlmgr install --reinstall url, however no success. Dec 1, 2012 at 22:48
  • @abhinavkulkarni I have added a section for manual installation, because I am not an expert for tlmgr. And without its output, logs, there is not much information to work with. Dec 1, 2012 at 23:11
  • File /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/url/url.sty exists File /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/ls-R contains ./tex/latex/aurl: aurl.sty But I have the error href.sty not found. And I do not find this file indeed - how to fix? Feb 19, 2020 at 13:18

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