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Evince cannot view my dvi files. Is there any way to enable dvi viewing other than further installing Ubuntu TeX Live packages?

Opening it from the desktop gives document has incorrect format; using the terminal gives

warning: kpathsea: configuration file texmf.cnf not found in these directories: /usr/share/texmf/web2c:/usr/share/texmf-texlive/web2c:/usr/local/share/texmf/web2c

(If you are using TeX Live installed from TUG, you can just use the provided xdvi to view dvi files.)

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Evince requires some dvi libraries that are provided by the texlive-binaries and texlive-common packages. The same problem occurs if you manually install a newer texlive release. Evince will not like the libraries provided unless they are in the standard location. –  Carsten Thiel Dec 21 '10 at 13:52
    
Okular worked without TeX Live: sudo aptitude install -y okular okular-extra-backends –  Ciro Santilli Aug 15 at 22:03

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Evince requires some dvi libraries that are provided by the texlive-binaries and texlive-common packages. The same problem occurs if you manually install a newer texlive release. Evince will not like the libraries provided unless they are in the standard location. (Or you will have to install evince manually as well)

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What happens when you try to view them? Do you get an error message from evince? Try running it from a terminal and see what messages are displayed.

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