The TeX Live package is a comprehensive TeX document production system. It includes TeX, LaTeX2e, ConTeXt, Metafont, MetaPost, BibTeX and many other programs; an extensive collection of macros, fonts and documentation; and support for typesetting in many different scripts from around the world.
It is necessary to use a binary installer for the first install.
This will provide the programs, the scripts, and a lot of
supporting files and documentation. After that, you can rebuild the
programs from source by following the instructions for texlive-20140525 and biber-1.8. The
installer is updated frequently, so its md5sum will change if it is
newer than what is shown below. Newer versions of the installer are
expected to work with these instructions, for so long as they
install to a
This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.6 platform.
Download (HTTP): http://mirror.ctan.org/systems/texlive/tlnet/install-tl-unx.tar.gz
Download MD5 sum: f5b1e909d5c2380cefd2cda83d288c00 (at 20140628)
Download size: 3.2 MB
Estimated disk space required: 3.8 GB
Estimated build time: varies, depending on network speed and traffic
The binaries are mostly linked to static libraries such as
libc.a, but a few of the programs and
several scripts will fail if the following packages are not
ghostscript-9.14 is dynamically loaded by dvisvgm, which is used by asy.
Xorg Libraries and libxcb-1.11 are needed for inimf, mf, pdfclose, pdfopen and xdvixaw. But if you are using asy, or using TeX to create a PDF file, you will need an X Window System (for PDF files, this is to support a PDF viewer of your choice, for example epdfview-0.1.8).
the optional non-wide-character ncurses library (for "some binary-only application") from the bottom of the Ncurses page in LFS is needed for xindy.run which is used by xindy
If you are building on 32-bit x86, the binary version of asy needs
FFTW, GLU-9.0.0 and
: this only requires
libreadline.so.5.2 which can be manually copied
shm/ directory after running
make and then
Python-2.7.8 is used by many scripts.
Ruby-2.1.2 is used by some scripts, mostly within mtx_context which is part of conTeXt.
The TeX Live set of programs with
its supporting documents, fonts, and utilities is very large. The
upstream maintainers recommend placing all files in a single
directory structure. BLFS recommends
As with any other package, unpack the installer and change into its
install-tl-<CCYYMMDD>. This directory name
changes when the installer is updated, so replace <CCYYMMDD>
by the correct directory name.
The distribution binaries installed below use static linking for general linux system libraries. Additional libraries or interpreters as specified in the dependencies section do not need to be present during the install, but the programs that need them will not run until their specific dependencies have been installed.
Now, as the
This command is interactive and allows selection or modification of platform, packages, directories, and other options. The full installation scheme will require about 3.8 gigabytes of disk space. The time to complete the download will depend on your internet connection speed and the number of packages selected.
After the package download is complete, the next step is to make
sure that the system can properly find the files. If you set up
your login scripts as recommended in The
Bash Shell Startup Files, update the needed paths by appending
extrapaths.sh script. The
programs are always installed in an <ARCH>-linux subdirectory
and on 32-bit x86 this is always i386-linux. For x86_64 and i?86 we
can generate this as $TEXARCH:
export TEXARCH=$(uname -m | sed -e 's/i.86/i386/' -e 's/$/-linux/') && cat >> /etc/profile.d/extrapaths.sh << EOF pathappend /usr/share/man MANPATH pathappend /opt/texlive/2014/texmf-dist/doc/man MANPATH pathappend /usr/share/info INFOPATH pathappend /opt/texlive/2014/texmf-dist/doc/info INFOPATH pathappend /opt/texlive/2014/bin/$TEXARCH EOF unset TEXARCH
The standard MANPATH and INFOPATH path are specified above to ensure they are included. If they are already set in the boot script procedure, the pathappend function will ensure duplicates are removed, so including them here will do no harm.
The new paths can be immediately activated by running source /etc/profile.
At this point the binary installation is complete.
http://mirror.aut.ac.nz/CTAN/systems/texlive/tlnet/: use a
variation of this if you wish to use a different mirror, e.g.
because you are in New Zealand but the installer chooses to use an
Australian mirror. The list of mirrors is at
Last updated on 2014-09-20 00:07:29 -0700