question regarding installation of packages

Stephen Kellat smkellat at
Sat Jul 25 18:32:57 CEST 2020

So that we can better narrow down exactly what you are running could you please open a terminal session, paste and run the following command stanza without quotation marks, and then reply to us with the output?  The stanza in question is:

“lsb_release -a && uname -a”

That would let us get a much better understanding of exactly what you are running so that we can target answers appropriately.

Stephen Michael Kellat
Member, Xubuntu Documentation
Ubuntu Member  

From: Semih Ozlem
Sent: Saturday, July 25, 2020 11:13 AM
To: texhax at
Subject: question regarding installation of packages

Hi all,

I am working with debian 10.2 gnome nonfree or Ubuntu 18 19 20. I installed texlive from the debian repository. Since I am running from live usb, I can not install the full texlive version because attempting to do so gives no space left on disk error. Question1: Is there a way to circumvent this by specifying possibly an external memory source or usb to make installations to and run programs from, or does this have to do with running debian or ubuntu from a live version as opposed to a full installation and there is no way to remedy this.

Second question is I am trying to in addition install packages like xypic or beamer. When I try to do so by using tlmgr (or even just tlmgr updata --all) I get the message unexpected return value from verify_checksum: -5

Is there a way to install a package manually. I tried doing this with xypic and followed the installation directions included in the zip file from CTAN's site. However, the directory structure on my machine does not seem to match entirely the directory structure suggested in installation notes. So I sort of used guesswork where to copy files. I was partially successful but I got problems with FTM (I think this was fonts metric) part. I get error messages. I am able to latex a file and I get some results but arrows do not appear in the diagrams. Does anyone have any idea how to fix this issue, and also for future purposes what are guidelines to follow when manually installing an additional package from CTAN repository.

Thanks in advance for your help and assistance.

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