Talk:TeX Live

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managing TexLive packages is a mess.

As with many other Linux distros, the local package manager tlmgr is broken due to wrong paths/permissions. The AUR ttlocalmgr is broken and orphean. I do think the whole install process of TexLive shall be rethink in order to use the tlmgr.pl script. It seems that installing TexLive from tug.org (not recommanded ) fixes the package manager issues. Gabx (talk) 15:32, 29 September 2013 (UTC)

Why is it not recommended? It is straightforward to install from upstream, makes it possible to install TL without root privileges (as recommended by upstream) and ensures that everything 'just works' without need to mess around. I would definitely recommend upstream's net installer and strongly recommend not using Arch's packages. This is no criticism of Arch's packaging. I would say the same about any distro's packaging of TeX Live. --cfr (talk) 21:14, 25 August 2014 (UTC)
tllocalmgr nowadays works like a charm. --Larivact (talk) 09:15, 30 September 2018 (UTC)

The fix for tlmgr is actually trivial. I added the instructions on the main page. This should probably make it in the package itself. --bnicolae

Should add MiKTeX as an alternative, and change/rename the article to discuss 'TeX'

There are now several valid distributions of TeX available for Linux, including (but not limited to) TeX Live, MiKTeX, and Tectonic.

TeX Live, especially as provided by Arch, where most people recommend installing texlive-most, is an immense meta-package. Furthermore, I feel the various texlive packages go against the entire grain and philosophy of Arch, which is to be able to iteratively build a system to one's preferences and conveniences. The other TeX packages on the Arch repositories are abstractions and collections of CTAN packages, most of which are almost never going to be used by the average LaTeXer, so foisting such a giant download will be problematic.

In turn, MiKTeX, being a 'just enough TeX' install, fits the Arch philosophy better. With the MiKTeX executables, packages and their recursive dependencies are automatically pulled if not installed locally, which saves a huge amount of space. Tectonic is also an alternative distribution, but I haven't used it much.

Therefore, I suggest renaming this article to cover TeX distributions for Linux as a whole, and offer all alternatives as valid options instead of merely focusing on TeX Live.

--Sc ramjet (talk) 07:32, 25 September 2021 (UTC)