[tex-live] Where is the root dir of my Tex Live installation

Lars Madsen daleif at imf.au.dk
Fri Nov 15 23:59:52 CET 2013

Scott, I noticed that you mention on the Web page at it installs or at least links the installation where Ubuntu would have installed it.

Then what when people want to uninstaller? Fx we do not really encourage users to use the "link into usual places" feature because people tend to forget they made them and end up in a lot of mess.

Other than that interesting idea.

Please consider submitting some of this to the tl project to make life easier for (some) users.

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-----Original Message-----
From: Scott Kostyshak [skostysh at lyx.org]
Received: fredag, 15 nov. 2013, 23:48
To: ubuntu at pechoc.eu [ubuntu at pechoc.eu]
CC: TeX Live [tex-live at tug.org]
Subject: Re: [tex-live] Where is the root dir of my Tex Live installation

On Fri, Nov 15, 2013 at 4:22 AM, Gerald Pechoc <ubuntu at pechoc.eu> wrote:
> I need that to install tlmgr.
> I have Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and tex live directly from the net installed.
> Now I wanted to install from the net the tlmgr (Package Manager) because
> there is no one and this goes like that:
> ./runme.sh: Cannot find TeX Live root using kpsewhich
> --var-value=SELFAUTOPARENT.
> ./runme.sh: Please call update-tlmgr-latest.sh --noexec --keep
> ./runme.sh: and then call the runme.sh script in the unpacked directory
> ./runme.sh: with the directory root as the first argument, something like:
> ./runme.sh: sh runme.sh /path/to/your/texlive/installation/2010
> pechoc at bmeson-a:~/Downloads$ sudo ./update-tlmgr-latest.sh --noexec --keep
> Creating directory tmp.OqU66gUxij
> Verifying archive integrity... All good.
> Uncompressing TeX Live Manager
> Updater..........................................
> And how can I find the root of the installation ?
> to provide
> sh runme.sh /path/to/your/texlive/installation/2013
> ?????

Hi Gerald,

If you're looking for a quick way (one command) to 1. have a full
install of TeX Live 2013, 2. have tlmgr, 3. have apt aware (so it
doesn't install dependencies that are already satisfied), 4. you just
want things to work and don't care about customization, consider


To use it, first uninstall any TeX Live installation you have done.
Then clone the git repository (git clone
https://github.com/scottkosty/install-tl-ubuntu.git), cd into the
directory and run

  sudo ./install-tl-ubuntu


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