From: "R (Chandra) Chandrasekhar" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Do not symlink when installing TeXLive 2008 on K/Ubuntu Intrepid
or Debian systems
Newsgroups: gmane.linux.debian.devel.tetex, gmane.comp.tex.live,
Cc: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Sun, 01 Mar 2009 01:13:12 +0900
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: