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How to install “vanilla” TeXLive on Debian or Ubuntu?

I'm want to install an unofficial distro based on ubuntu 12.04, for old PC's

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    The same way as you would install texlive 2012 on an official distro?
    – T. Verron
    Dec 3, 2012 at 17:09
  • may be this would help you tex.stackexchange.com/questions/67748/… Dec 3, 2012 at 17:41
  • What distribution are you talking about, exactly?
    – Nova
    Dec 3, 2012 at 18:20
  • Bodhi Linux 2.1.0 and Precise Puppy Linux
    – juanuni
    Dec 3, 2012 at 19:47

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This is how I did it:

  • I installed the basic TeXLive packages from synaptics (as required by, e.g., auctex).

  • Next I downloaded the big iso image from here, mounted it, and installed it as usual (sudo ./install-tl, etc.).

  • In Options I chose to create symbolic links, which replaced the older version's synlinks.

  • Finally, I downloaded a fresh version of tlmgr from here, installed it, and updated my system.

Now I have a fully functional, updated copy of TexLive 2012.

  • The manual download of tlmgr in the final step should not be necessary, since tlmgrcan update itself. Dec 3, 2012 at 18:16
  • Indeed. But sometimes it has happened to me (at least in previous versions) that tlmgr cannot be run unless first updated "the hard way".
    – NVaughan
    Dec 3, 2012 at 19:22

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