How can I perform a full texlive installation (all packages) in CentOS?

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Problem :

Title say it all, how can I install texlive and all the packages so I can run tex2pdf on CentOS? I’m rather used to Ubuntu and all this yum business is driving me nuts.

Solution :

sudo yum install texlive-*

Running the above gave me the following output. Is that what you’re looking for? It looks like everything.

Dependencies Resolved

======================================================================================================================== Package Arch Version
Repository Size
======================================================================================================================== Installing: texlive-afm i686
2007-57.el6_2 base 47 k
texlive-context i686
2007-57.el6_2 base 58 k
texlive-dviutils i686
2007-57.el6_2 base 191 k
texlive-east-asian i686
2007-57.el6_2 base 355 k
texlive-texmf-afm noarch 2007-38.el6
base 4.5 M texlive-texmf-context
noarch 2007-38.el6 base
2.7 M texlive-texmf-doc noarch 2007-38.el6 base 175 M
texlive-texmf-east-asian noarch 2007-38.el6
base 564 k texlive-texmf-errata-afm
noarch 2007-7.1.el6 base
5.4 k texlive-texmf-errata-context noarch 2007-7.1.el6 base 4.7 k
texlive-texmf-errata-doc noarch
2007-7.1.el6 base 5.9 k
texlive-texmf-errata-east-asian noarch
2007-7.1.el6 base 5.6 k
texlive-texmf-errata-xetex noarch
2007-7.1.el6 base 4.7 k
texlive-texmf-xetex noarch 2007-38.el6
base 137 k texlive-xetex
i686 2007-57.el6_2 base
2.1 M Installing for dependencies: compat-readline5 i686 5.2-17.1.el6 base
128 k dvipdfm i686
0.13.2d-41.1.el6 base 266 k dvipdfmx i686 0-0.31.20090708cvs.el6 base
336 k dvipng i686
1.11-3.2.el6 base 95 k gd i686 2.0.35-11.el6 base
141 k libpaper i686
1.1.23-6.1.el6 base 34 k mendexk i686 2.6e-57.el6_2 base
48 k perl-PDF-Reuse noarch
0.35-3.el6 base 89 k ruby i686 1.8.7.352-13.el6 updates
534 k ruby-libs i686
1.8.7.352-13.el6 updates 1.6 M t1lib i686 5.1.2-6.el6_2.1 base
152 k teckit i686
2.5.1-4.1.el6 base 242 k xdvipdfmx i686 0.4-5.1.el6 base
479 k

Transaction Summary
======================================================================================================================== Install 28 Package(s)

Total download size: 190 M Installed size: 344 M Is this ok [y/N]: n

This is really the biggest of failure of CentOS/Fedora. For a while, Fedora had a similarly insane setup where a working texlive install would be, by count, more than half of the total packages installed on a system. </soapbox>

I offer a partial and albeit somewhat hacky solution, similar to @DevSolar ‘s solution for apt. It half works, perhaps someone else with this problem can figure out what’s going on and fix it.

There is some problem with the rpms, and I dont understand RPM well enough to fix it: It seems to work ok for (allow installation of) other packages that depend on the .noarch texlive packages, but not packages that depend on the texlive arch-specific packages… go figure. Anyway, it got me working productively again, maybe it’ll help someone else too.

I eschewed the package manager in order to get a more recent version of texlive.

TUG gives instructions for Installing TeX Live over the Internet. They give details for specific cases, such as an unattended install or the need to use proxies, but here’s the vanilla:

  1. Download the installation according to your OS:
    install-tl-windows.exe for Windows, install-tl-unx.tar.gz for Linux.
  2. After unpacking the archive, change to the resulting install-tl-* subdirectory. Then perl install-tl

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