[tex-live] Update texlive-bin or not?

Lars Madsen daleif at math.au.dk
Fri Oct 12 14:00:13 CEST 2018

This is very normal.

You linux box does not know you installed something equivalent to packages that are in the Linux dist.

Often things like texlie-bin pops up as recommended packages when you install say a LaTeX editor.

It can be avoied by

sudo apt install --no-install-recommends programme

However, my preferred method is to tell the system that I've installed something equivalent to the dist packages.

I usually use this method



Integrating vanilla TeX Live with Debian

I usuallt skip the step 

equivs-control texlive-local

and instead wgets the relevant file, for TL-2018 it is

wget https://www.tug.org/texlive/files/debian-equivs-2018-ex.txt -O texlive-local

then build the package and install it.

It tells the package manager that packages equivalent to the listes packages have been installed, it does not need to install them again

/Lars Madsen
Institut for Matematik / Department of Mathematics
Aarhus Universitet / Aarhus University
Mere info: http://au.dk/daleif@math / More information: http://au.dk/en/daleif@math

From: tex-live <tex-live-bounces+daleif=imf.au.dk at tug.org> on behalf of Bob <bobabc at bellsouth.net>
Sent: 12 October 2018 12:22
To: tex-live at tug.org
Subject: [tex-live] Update texlive-bin or not?

A few months ago I installed TeX Live 2018 following the instructions at


I did not use the package manager on linux mint.

Linux mint is now recommending that I update texlive-bin.  I find this
surprising since I did not use the package manager to install texlive;
furthermore, the package manager says that texlive-bin is not installed.

Should I install the update or ignore it?

More information about my version of texlive and the changelog for the
update are given below.


pdfTeX 3.14159265-2.6-1.40.19 (TeX Live 2018)
kpathsea version 6.3.0
Copyright 2018 Han The Thanh (pdfTeX) et al.
There is NO warranty.  Redistribution of this software is
covered by the terms of both the pdfTeX copyright and
the Lesser GNU General Public License.
For more information about these matters, see the file
named COPYING and the pdfTeX source.
Primary author of pdfTeX: Han The Thanh (pdfTeX) et al.
Compiled with libpng 1.6.34; using libpng 1.6.34
Compiled with zlib 1.2.11; using zlib 1.2.11
Compiled with xpdf version 4.00

texlive-bin (2013.20130729.30972-2ubuntu0.1) trusty-security; urgency=medium

   * SECURITY UPDATE: Symlink attack
     - debian/patches/CVE-2015-5700.patch: fix in
     - CVE-2015-5700
   * SECURITY UPDATE: Arbitrary code execution
     - debian/patches/CVE-2018-17407.patch: fix in
       texk/dvipsk/writet1.c, texk/web2c/luatexdir/font/writet1.w,
     - CVE-2018-17407

  -- Leonidas S. Barbosa <leo.barbosa at canonical.com>  Tue, 09 Oct 2018
13:50:26 -0300

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