[tex-live] error on (after) texlive 2008 installation

newway.liu at gmail.com newway.liu at gmail.com
Tue Apr 14 13:22:06 CEST 2009

I am trying to install texlive 2008 on my Ubuntu 8.10 (32bit) laptop 
with the downloaded iso image mounted.

everything seems fine but the install-tl.log showed the following error:

running mktexlsr /usr/local/texlive/2008/texmf-var
running updmap-sys... /usr/local/texlive/2008/bin/i386-linux/updmap-sys: 
1: Syntax error: word unexpected (expecting ")")
re-running mktexlsr /usr/local/texlive/2008/texmf-var
pre-generating all format files (fmtutil-sys --all), be 
patient.../usr/local/texlive/2008/bin/i386-linux/fmtutil-sys: 1: Syntax 
error: Unterminated quoted string
./install-tl: done.

and if I dare to run, e.g. pdflatex
it will give a bunch of errors such as:
/usr/local/texlive/2008/bin/i386-linux/pdflatex: line 9: 
l��f�2F/z��5�L: No such file or directory
/usr/local/texlive/2008/bin/i386-linux/pdflatex: line 9: 
command not found

strange enough that I have successfully installed texlive 2008 (same 
image file) on another desktop running ubuntu 8.04

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