[tex-live] Installing latest TeX Live on Ubuntu

John Minter jrminter at rochester.rr.com
Mon Feb 27 01:30:11 CET 2012

Many of the posters have given you excellent advice. Might I suggest
one more consideration - how you have your disk partitioned. On
packages like TeXlive, I like to plan installs that make OS upgrades
less of a problem. Many system packages write to /usr/local, so I
don't usually install my custom packages there. Sometimes packages you
want to install depend on the older system TeX package, so the safest
thing to do is find another directory where you can install your
shared packages that the system won't over-write. I usually create a
partition for / and one for /home. Then, when I reinstall the OS, I
can reformat the / partition and leave the /home partition with all
the data in place. Accordingly, I create a /home/shared directory and
make it read-write accessible by my user account. I then install
TeXlive in /home/shared/texlive and set environment variables as
others have mentioned. Of course I have /home/shared/bin and
/home/shared/scripts for all those binaries and shared scripts that
don't warrant an individual folder. This practice has made my life
easier over several OS upgrades. Your mileage may vary...

Best regards,

On 02/26/2012 05:11 AM, Nickolai Leschov wrote:
> I have trouble installing latest TeX Live on Ubuntu. [...]
> I try to follow the instructions "TeX Live and Debian/Ubuntu"
> (http://www.tug.org/texlive/debian.html), section "Integrating vanilla
> TeX Live with Debian". First, how do I install "as root, system-wide"?
> I do "sudo ./install-tl" Is this right? [...]

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