Changes to LaTeX

Eberhard W Lisse el at
Sun Nov 1 19:05:51 UTC 2020


Debian uses a package manager (which implies stability and long intervals between updates) instead of the lates TeXLive.

If you are bored, there is apparently a dummy package to install TeXLive instead of using the package manager, which however needs to be upgraded every year.

For production use (as in your case) I would stay with the package manager. Mixing both together can cause difficult to trace issues.

I like to bleed the edge, tip the spear, crack the ass so to say, so I upgrade early and often, even if it means running into the odd (usually temporary) issue.  I have this scripted.

The coming LyX version will like all major upgrades make changes to the file format so older versions will be unable to read that, which would create an issue for one of my collaborators, though I can do a Zoom Sunday school. But if one waits a week or so, they will issue a version that can, which he will update by himself.

The below shows me you didn’t run it with sudo, but then I would not mix tlmgr with apt.

greetings, el

Sent from Dr Lisse’s iPad Mini 5
On 1 Nov 2020, 18:37 +0200, John White <john at>, wrote:
> ??
> On Sunday, November 1, 2020 6:22:45 AM PST Dr Eberhard W Lisse wrote:
> > tlmgr update --self --all
> johwhi at johwhi:~$ tlmgr update --self --all
> (running on Debian, switching to user mode!)
> Cannot determine type of tlpdb from /home/johwhi/texmf!
> tlmgr: running in usermode, did you call `tlmgr init-usertree'?
> johwhi at johwhi:~$
> I am using Debian buster (10)
> Suggestions?
> John
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