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Is there a package that contains a Tex to PDF converter/renderer available on Ubuntu 12.04?

If not can you recommend a tool for me to download from elsewhere that can do this that is simple to install?

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Welcome Triss, I investigated this a while back and I'm not sure there is a way via the command line. I use Lyx. You might find some useful information here though latex2rtf.sourceforge.net/ –  Stephen Myall Jul 22 '12 at 11:05
@StephenMyall: Lyx is not a command line utility. –  Martin Schröder Jul 23 '12 at 6:40
Im aware of that and thats why I commented rather than answer your question. I wanted to let you know that I had looked for a command line utility before for this type of conversion with no luck. I hope you have better luck. –  Stephen Myall Jul 23 '12 at 6:46
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As far as I know, you won't find a single standalone binary that will do this for you. The typical utility is called pdflatex and is part of the TeX Live package. It's in the repositories, so simply opening the terminal and typing the below will install pdflatex and lots of other essential TeX stuff:

sudo apt-get install texlive
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For people who see this QnA, do visit tex.stackexchange.com and a sample pdf question tex.stackexchange.com/questions/149649/… –  abel Dec 12 '13 at 17:11
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