Default installed texlive package error

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at
Mon Aug 31 18:35:30 CEST 2020


/usr/local/texlive is a default location because it looks nice and it
is assumed that TL maintainer can get the permissions to that
directory. However, you can find a different scheme.

1. TeX Live from TUG should not require root permissions and should be
installed and maintained by a normal user.

2. TeX Live does not require a specific location, the path to its
binaries must only be at the beginning of PATH

3. You can have several versions of TeX live installed at the same
time and the first one in PATH wins.

If you wish to install the latest TL and cannot get permissions to
/usr/loca/texlive, you can create ~/texlive (i.e. in your $HOME) and
install into ~/texlive/2020. When you are done with installation, edit
your .bashrc and add:

export PATH=$HOME/texlive/2020/bin/x64_86:$PATH

All new terminals will then find your TL 2020. If you want to use it
also with GUI apps, you have to modify .bash_profile as well (and
restart X).

Zdeněk Wagner

po 31. 8. 2020 v 17:46 odesílatel Alois Steindl
<Alois.Steindl at> napsal:
> Hello,
> you can find detailed installation instructions on
> and
> Good luck
> Alois
> Am 31.08.2020 um 15:07 schrieb Саша Саша:
> > In my distribution (LMDE 4) there is texlive from 2018, so I am unable
> > to get updates:
> > user at pc:~/software/install-tl-20200830$ sudo tlmgr update --all
> > (running on Debian, switching to user mode!)
> > tlmgr: Remote repository is newer than local (2018 < 2020)
> > Cross release updates are only supported with
> >   update-tlmgr-latest(.sh/.exe) --update
> > Please see for details.
> > I tried to uninstall packages, but now I am getting this error because
> > of no sudo:
> > user at pc:~/software/install-tl-20200830$ tlmgr update --all
> > tlmgr: package repository
> > (verified)
> > You don't have permission to change the installation in any way,
> > specifically, the directory /usr/local/texlive/2020/tlpkg/ is not
> > writable.
> > Please run this program as administrator, or contact your local admin.
> > tlmgr: An error has occurred. See above messages. Exiting.
> > And this with sudo:
> > user at pc:~/software/install-tl-20200830$ sudo tlmgr update --all
> > sudo: tlmgr: command not found
> > How I am supposed to make sudo see texlive 2020?

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