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Sean Sieger 02-28-2009 08:22 PM

texlive install-info v ubuntu install-info
I just found this article on the texhax list:

From: "R (Chandra) Chandrasekhar" <>
Subject: Do not symlink when installing TeXLive 2008 on K/Ubuntu Intrepid
or Debian systems
Newsgroups: gmane.linux.debian.devel.tetex,,
Date: Sun, 01 Mar 2009 01:13:12 +0900

Dear Folks,

I have just installed TeXLive 2008 from DVD on my Kubuntu Intrepid
system. I thought that it would save me having to edit the .bashrc
files if I chose the symlink option during installation, and did so.

This choice inadvertently led to problems later on when apt-get and
dpkg would not install or remove packages successfully.

To cut a long story short, I discovered that TeXLive 2008 installs GNU
install-info while Debian's package manager uses Debian install-info,
and the two are not the same. Since the former is searched first after
symlinking, it is used instead of the latter, and package installation
or removal fails. See these bug reports for more info:


My workaround has been to remove all symlinks and to export the paths
as suggested at


PATH=/usr/local/texlive/2008/bin/i386-linux:$PATH; export PATH
MANPATH=/usr/local/texlive/2008/texmf/doc/man:$MANPATH; export MANPATH
INFOPATH=/usr/local/texlive/2008/texmf/doc/info:$INFOPATH; export INFOPATH

In this way, it is only the user's paths that are altered, not root's,
and the GNU/Debian conflict for install-info does not arise.

Finally, if tlmgr is later run as

sudo tlmgr -gui

for updating, it is necessary to specify the full path and invoke it as

sudo /usr/local/texlive/2008/bin/x86_64-linux/tlmgr -gui

or whatever is appropriate for your architecture.

I hope this helps to save others some time or grief.


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