Ubuntu – How to install LaTeX packages for Tex Live

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Apparently I am using Tex Live as my LaTeX distribution:

martin@martin-XPS-8300:~$ pdflatex -v

pdfTeX 3.1415926-2.4-1.40.13 (TeX Live 2012/Debian) kpathsea version
6.1.0 Copyright 2012 Peter Breitenlohner (eTeX)/Han The Thanh (pdfTeX). 
There is NO warranty.  Redistribution of this software is
covered by the terms of both the pdfTeX copyright and the Lesser GNU
General Public License. For more information about these matters, see
the file named COPYING and the pdfTeX source. Primary author of
pdfTeX: Peter Breitenlohner (eTeX)/Han The Thanh (pdfTeX). Compiled
with libpng 1.2.49; using libpng 1.2.49 Compiled with zlib 1.2.7;
using zlib 1.2.7 Compiled with poppler version 0.20.5

I would like to install additional packages using this guide.

They say:

With TeX Live manually installed, use tlmgr to manage packages

tlmgr install <package1> <package2> ... 
tlmgr remove <package1> <package2> ...

But when I try:

tlmgr install algorithm2e

I get:

tlmgr: command not found

I also do not seem to have a ~/texmf folder, only a ~/.texmf-var folder. Is my installation corrupt or am I doing something wrong?


I found that I actually have a



The command:

apt-cache policy texlive

results in:

  Installed: 2012.20120611-5
  Candidate: 2012.20120611-5
  Version table:
 *** 2012.20120611-5 0
        500 http://jp.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ raring/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status


Best Answer

If you install TeXLive from the ubuntu repositories (Ubuntu software Center). Then tlmgr isn't installed, because all packages should use the system package management system 'apt-get'. Hence you get the error:

tlmgr: command not found

So you will have to install the package manually:

Download algorithm2e.sty here

Then, go to the folder ~/texmf or ~/.texmf it depends, if it doesn't exist create it:

mkdir ~/texmf

and copy algorithm2e.sty to it. Then run:

sudo texhash

put in root password when requested.

unfortunately, the TexLive packages in Ubuntu are not very often updated so some errors might come up.

The alternative is manually installing the entire TexLive distribution and following the guide you posted.

Hope that helps

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