installer message about /usr/local/texlive/2019 not being writable

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at
Sat Mar 23 03:43:19 CET 2019

On 2019-03-23 at 01:11:05 +0100, Zdenek Wagner wrote:

 > so 23. 3. 2019 v 0:56 odesílatel jfbu <jfbu at> napsal:

 > > Should the user then execute sudo install-tl ?
 > >
 > Before installing TL many years ago I created /usr/local/texlive as
 > root and changed its ownership to me. Thus /usr/local is not writable
 > but /usr/local/texlive is and installation works.

If you are the only one who maintains the computer, just run

  sudo chown -R jfbu:users /usr/local

The directory /usr/local is for local additions and it's more secure
to install stuff as a mortal user.  sudo is useful in order to
maintain your Linux distribution.  In all other cases avoid being root
whenever possible.

 > > Should the user then execute sudo install-tl ?

The user has to decide himself.  There are many use cases and thus
many solutions.  Executing sudo install-tl is only one of them.


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