[tex-live] Error using tlmgr

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at gmail.com
Sat Jan 6 23:06:30 CET 2018

This should be a qeustion for Linux maintainers. All Linux distributions
provide its xzdec. CentOS and Fedora install it as default, Raspbian
requires manual installation of the .deb package, it is probably the same
in Debian. IMHO it is not a wise idea to duplicate a part of a system
distribution just because a user has not installed it. And tlmgr cannot
install it automatically because the name of the package is distro
dependent and the name of the packager differs as well (dnf, yum, apt-get,
...). In addition, TeX Live (from TUG, not from the packaging systems)
should preferably be installed by an ordinary user while the package
containing xzdec must be installed by root or using sudo.

Zdeněk Wagner

2018-01-06 22:51 GMT+01:00 Philip Taylor (RHUoL) <P.Taylor at rhul.ac.uk>:

> Zdeněk Wagner wrote:
> The answer is in the message if you read more that the last line: Please
> install xzdec and try again.
> But on Microsoft Windows, "xzdec" will not exist *a priori*, and so the
> installer will provide one; could not the same behaviour be offered for
> non-Windows users ?
> Philip Taylor
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