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.

  • possible duplicate of Get version of application - CLI only
    – Panther
    Feb 1, 2012 at 3:53
  • See the above link, in your case "texlive"
    – Panther
    Feb 1, 2012 at 3:56
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    @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, 2012 at 22:03

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The command to show your texlive version is

tex --version
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    Any other main binary will also report TeX Live verison: latex --version, pdflatex --version, xelatex --version.
    – Adobe
    Dec 15, 2014 at 10:16

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