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Using the terminal in Debian/Ubuntu, how does find the version of the system's TeX Live distribution? I don't have tlmgr so I would need to need to do this either through apt-get, aptitude, or some command that invokes the --version flag. Thanks.

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possible duplicate of Get version of application - CLI only – bodhi.zazen Feb 1 '12 at 3:53
See the above link, in your case "texlive" – bodhi.zazen Feb 1 '12 at 3:56
@bodhi.zazen This question is not a duplicate because the OP is already aware of --version but does not know what command to append it to. texlive is not a command, so your suggestion does not work. – N.N. Feb 1 '12 at 22:03
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The command to show your texlive version is

tex --version
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Wonderful, thank you. I kept trying texlive --version to no avail. – user001 Feb 1 '12 at 4:01
Any other main binary will also report TeX Live verison: latex --version, pdflatex --version, xelatex --version. – Adobe Dec 15 '14 at 10:16

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