tlmgr in a Ubuntu-installed texlive

Norbert Preining norbert at
Sun Aug 2 13:55:09 CEST 2020

Hi Bob,

> Another user has needed help at comp.text.tex because
> they installed texlive using apt and then tried to
> manage it using tlmgr. Shouldn't tlmgr be disabled in a
> distribution-installed texlive?

I haven't seen that, could you send me a link.

BUT, tlmgr does NOT work out of the box on Debian/Ubuntu. Without any
specific action from the user, it does nothing:

$ tlmgr update --list
(running on Debian, switching to user mode!)
TLPDB: Cannot determine type of tlpdb from /home/norbert/texmf!
tlmgr: running in usermode, did you call `tlmgr init-usertree'?

So a user needs to actively setting up user mode before it can work.

A user who does this without reading the manual about tlmgr user mode
is on their own.



PREINING Norbert                    
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