daleif at imf.au.dk
Wed Jul 4 10:45:58 CEST 2012
Reinhard Kotucha wrote, On 2012-07-03 23:13:
> On 2012-07-03 at 15:09:57 +0000, Hefferon, James S. wrote:
> > > pass, the Ubuntu TL is very old (is it still 2009?) I just know
> > > things work with TUG TL, so I tend to recommend that one over the
> > > Ubuntu one.
> > I understand your point. But I know from past experience that if I
> > go off-package then I will start being confused by the need to
> > --force install packages that require texlive (such as AUCTeX), and
> > other hair-pulling issues. So there is a tradeoff involved.
> The TeX Live installer doesn't put anything into standard search
> paths. If you are the only user of your computer, you can set PATH,
> MANPATH, and INFOPATH in $HOME/.bashrc and the Ubuntu package manager
> will not notice that there is an alien TeX Live installation at all.
> Of course, I don't recommend to remove the TL-2009 system provided by
> Ubuntu. It doesn't hurt.
I would only change the PATH in .bashrc if I knew the user was a purely
On Ubuntu I usually prefix it in within /etc/environment, then editors
can still find the new LaTeX when opened from a menu or by double
clicking on a file.
> It's quite similar to what I'm doing. I don't have TeX in PATH at
> all. Instead there are zillions of shell scripts (TL2003, TL2004,
> ... TL2012) which add a particular TeX system to PATH and start a new
> shell. The Gentoo Linux package manager isn't aware of those TeX
> systems and I never ran into trouble.
> I suppose that "apt-get install equivs", as proposed by Lars, is only
> needed if TeX Live is added to PATH globally and thus visible to the
> package management system.
> I don't see any reason why TeX Live from tug.org can cause any
> trouble. It doesn't touch your system unless you tell it to do so.
> It's definitely worth a try.
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