Default installed texlive package error

Siep Kroonenberg siepo at
Mon Aug 31 16:38:00 CEST 2020

On Mon, Aug 31, 2020 at 04:07:55PM +0300, Саша Саша wrote:
> <div><div>In my distribution (LMDE 4) there is texlive from 2018,
> so I am unable to get
> updates:</div><div><div>user at pc:~/software/install-tl-20200830$
> sudo tlmgr update --all</div><div>(running on Debian, switching to
> user mode!)</div><div> </div><div>tlmgr: Remote repository is
> newer than local (2018 < 2020)</div><div>Cross release updates
> are only supported with</div><div>  update-tlmgr-latest(.sh/.exe)
> --update</div><div>Please see
> for details.</div><div> </div><div><div>I tried to uninstall
> packages, but now I am getting this error because of no
> sudo:</div><div>user at pc:~/software/install-tl-20200830$ tlmgr
> update --all</div><div>tlmgr: package repository
> (verified)</div><div>You don't have permission to change the
> installation in any way,</div><div>specifically, the directory
> /usr/local/texlive/2020/tlpkg/ is not writable.</div><div>Please
> run this program as administrator, or contact your local
> admin.</div><div>tlmgr: An error has occurred. See above messages.
> Exiting.</div><div> </div><div>And this with
> sudo:</div><div><div>user at pc:~/software/install-tl-20200830$ sudo
> tlmgr update --all</div><div>sudo: tlmgr: command not
> found</div><div> </div><div>How I am supposed to make sudo see
> texlive 2020?</div></div></div></div></div>

You need to uninstall the distribution version of TL and install in
its place upstream TL, see

Because some packages depend on TL, you should also check out, under 'Integrating vanilla
TeX Live with Debian'. There it is explained how to inform the linux
package manager that TL is really installed.

Siep Kroonenberg

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