[tex-live] TeXLive 2016 asymptote on archlinux

Christophe Jorssen christophe.jorssen at gmail.com
Tue Jan 17 09:34:31 CET 2017

Hello all,

I installed a vanilla TeXLive 2016 on my new archlinux laptop (long story:
as my laptop is a brand new one, I had to switch from debian stable to
archlinux to make it (simply) work. No expert of archlinux here!).

When I invoke asy, I get this:

christophe> asy
asy: error while loading shared libraries: libreadline.so.5: cannot open
shared object file: No such file or directory

This is asy coming with TeXLive 2016:

christophe> which asy

christophe> find /opt/texbin/. -maxdepth 1 -type l -ls | grep asy
1710836      0 lrwxrwxrwx   1  root     root           38 août 14  2014
/opt/texbin/./xasy -> ../../texmf-dist/asymptote/GUI/xasy.py

I have a readline library :

 christophe> ldconfig -p | grep readline
libreadline.so.7 (libc6,x86-64) => /usr/lib/libreadline.so.7
libreadline.so (libc6,x86-64) => /usr/lib/libreadline.so
libguilereadline-v-18.so.18 (libc6,x86-64) =>
libguilereadline-v-18.so (libc6,x86-64) => /usr/lib/libguilereadline-v-18.so

but I guess it is the wrong one (numbers following 'so.' indicates

What should I do to make asy work?

1) Get the right lib? Where?
2) Compile it on my own. Ok, but I guess I still need the right readline
lib? In addition, I'd like to install it as a "home" version inside my HOME
texmf directory (BTW I asked a question about it:
3) Install the archlinux package:
https://www.archlinux.org/packages/extra/x86_64/asymptote/. I guess it will
work but before I'll have to fake a texlive package installation (/a la/
equivs) since texlive-core is a dependency and I don't know (yet) how to do
it. So I'd rather go for an other solution.

Thanks for your help.

Best regards

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