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

Bob bobabc at bellsouth.net
Mon Oct 15 14:52:58 CEST 2018

Hi Norbert,

The update manager on linux mint is suggesting updating texlive-bin.

Based on Lars response, I looked around for "texlive-local" and found 
the following directory:


containing (among other files) the following two files:

-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 194 Sep 28  2015 texlive-local.list
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 230 Sep 28  2015 texlive-local.md5sums

The file texlive-local.list contains:


The directory /usr/share/doc/texlive-local/ contains:

drwxr-xr-x    2 root root  4096 Sep 28  2015 .
drwxr-xr-x 2428 root root 73728 Sep 19 06:58 ..
-rw-r--r--    1 root root   141 Sep 28  2015 changelog.Debian.gz
-rw-r--r--    1 root root   936 Sep 28  2015 copyright
-rw-r--r--    1 root root  2716 Sep 28  2015 README.Debian

The file /usr/share/doc/texlive-local/README.Debian contains:

This is a dummy package that makes Debian's package management
system believe that equivalents to packages on which other
packages do depend on are actually installed.

The special dependencies used in this package are:

Provides: chktex, biblatex, biblatex-dw, cm-super, cm-super-minimal, 
  dvidvi, dvipng, feynmf, fragmaster, jadetex, lacheck, latex-beamer,
  latex-cjk-all, latex-cjk-chinese, latex-cjk-chinese-arphic-bkai00mp,
  latex-cjk-chinese-arphic-bsmi00lp, latex-cjk-chinese-arphic-gbsn00lp,
  latex-cjk-chinese-arphic-gkai00mp, latex-cjk-common, latex-cjk-japanese,
  latex-cjk-japanese-wadalab, latex-cjk-korean, latex-cjk-thai, latexdiff,
  latexmk, latex-sanskrit, latex-xcolor, lcdf-typetools, lmodern, luatex,
  musixtex, passivetex, pgf, preview-latex-style, prosper, ps2eps, psutils,
  purifyeps, t1utils, tex4ht, tex4ht-common, tex-gyre, texlive, 
  texlive-bibtex-extra, texlive-binaries, texlive-common, 

(more package names that I skipped)

  thailatex, tipa, tipa-doc, xindy, xindy-rules, xmltex

Please note that this is a crude hack and if thoughtlessly used
might possibly do damage to your packaging system. And please
note as well that using it is not the recommended way of dealing
with broken dependencies. Better file a bug report instead.

Deinstallation of this package is only possible when all pending
dependency issues are properly resolved in some other way. A more
brutal approach for it's deinstallation is to create and install
the package configured using an empty control file.


On 10/15/2018 06:21 AM, Norbert Preining wrote:
> Hi,
>> un  texlive-binaries             <none> <none>              (no description
> Then I don't understand who or what did suggest you to update
> texlive-binaries, since it is not installed.
> Norbert
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