[RESOLVED] missing texlive files in Centos 7?

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[RESOLVED] missing texlive files in Centos 7?

Post by onoufrios » 2015/09/30 07:39:54

I recently migrated from Scientific Linux 6 (another RHEL rebuild) to Centos 7 and I'm facing difficulties in compiling old latex files. The following files are reported missing during latex compilation:


These files used to be included in packages "texlive-texmf" and "texlive-texmf-latex", which are not available in Centos 7. While I would expect them to be included in some other package to maintain back-compatibility, I haven't been able to locate them (tried yum provides). So does anybody know if they are still available and which package? If not, could you suggest another solution?

Thank you.

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Re: missing texlive files in Centos 7?

Post by owl102 » 2015/09/30 09:26:50

All of these packages are part of the regular TeXlive distribution [1][2][3][4], but not part of the TeXlive packages of CentOS 7.

Furthermore TeXlive in distros like CentOS 7 is crippled since they don't offer the TeXlive Manager called tlmgr. So updating packages is a pain, since it has to be done manually, which is far from being trouble-free -- newer versions of LaTeX packages could depend on newer versions of other LaTeX packages and so on and so on.

And at last, TeXlive is just a snapshot of CTAN, at least regarding LaTeX packages and lots of other stuff. So having a possibility to update sounds like a very good idea to me.

So as conclusion: Just forget the TeXlive packages from CentOS 7. Install the regular TeXlive. [5] As prerequisites you need to install the CentOS packages "perl-Tk" and "perl-Digest-MD5", afterwards the installation should be pain-free.

[1] https://www.ctan.org/pkg/nomencl
[2] https://www.ctan.org/pkg/nth
[3] https://www.ctan.org/pkg/makecell
[4] https://www.ctan.org/pkg/fixme
[5] https://www.tug.org/texlive/quickinstall.html
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Re: [RESOLVED] missing texlive files in Centos 7?

Post by onoufrios » 2015/10/01 11:59:19

Thanks for the advice. Much simpler than I expected.

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