[tex-live] Using tlmgr

Greg Bennett gwbennett at sentex.ca
Fri Apr 10 23:41:47 CEST 2015

Hi there!

I have just installed tex-live via the net and I tried to use the command
tlmgr --gui
only to be told:

(running on Debian, switching to user mode!)
Loading local TeX Live database
This may take some time, please be patient ...
cannot setup TLPDB in /home/gwbennett/texmf ar /usr/bin/tlmgr line 5336.
Compilation failed in require ar /usr/bin/tlmgr line 4445.

Clearly I have missed something about the establishment of TLPDB - is it
to be a directory and there is a permission problem ? My browse through the
documentation for tlmgr has not given me a pointer; I hope that the list

By the way, where does TL keep its packages ?

Thanks for any and all assistance ..
Greg Bennett

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