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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 individually.

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


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How did you installed Tex Live? –  Braiam Nov 5 '13 at 11:24
I am sorry, but I really do not remember. I think it was through the command line or it was pre-installed. I did not use a package management tool. –  Martin Drozdik Nov 5 '13 at 11:26
what's the output of apt-cache policy texlive? –  Braiam Nov 5 '13 at 11:41
If you put the package I linked to in /usr/local/share/texmfthat should work too I think. Then run sudo texhash. –  Minos Nov 5 '13 at 11:49
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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 ~/textmf or if it doesn't exist create it:

mkdir ~/textmf

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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Thank you! I tried both putting it into /usr/local/share/texmf as well as creating my own texmf folder in the home directory and running texhash, but it did not work. But when I include the algorithm2e.sty directly into the same folder as the .tex file that I am compiling, it works. –  Martin Drozdik Nov 5 '13 at 11:59
The canonical answer is tex.stackexchange.com/questions/1137/… –  Martin Schröder Nov 6 '13 at 11:56
Could you try putting it in /usr/local/texlive/texmf-local if it works I will update my answer. –  Minos Nov 6 '13 at 12:48
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