I tried to update from texlive 2015 to 2017.

I ran the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jonathonf/texlive-2017
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install texlive-full

After running the last line, I get a lot of package names with unmet dependencies and the following error:

 E: Unmet dependencies. Try 'apt-get -f install' with no packages (or specify a solution).

But running sudo apt-get -f install results in another error

Preconfiguring packages ...
(Reading database ... 880678 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack .../texlive-fonts-extra-doc_2017.20170619-1~16.04.york0_all.deb ...
Unpacking texlive-fonts-extra-doc (2017.20170619-1~16.04.york0) over (2015.20160320-1) ...
dpkg: error processing archive /var/cache/apt/archives/texlive-fonts-extra-doc_2017.20170619-1~16.04.york0_all.deb (--unpack):
 trying to overwrite '/usr/share/doc/texlive-doc/latex/mweights/README', which is also in package texlive-latex-extra-doc 2015.20160320-1
dpkg-deb: error: subprocess paste was killed by signal (Broken pipe)
Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

It looks like I am stuck with a circular problem.
I tried the solution listed in Install texlive 2017 on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS but was not successful.

Can someone help me out please?


Usually it is not recommeded, but you can force file overwrite with

sudo dpkg -i --force-all /var/cache/apt/archives/texlive-fonts-extra-doc_2017.20170619-1~16.04.york0_all.deb

and then

sudo apt-get install -f
sudo dpkg --configure -a
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
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    Thank you very much @N0rbert! I had to use the sudo dpkg -i ... command and sudu apt-get install -f iteratively until all the packages were unpacked and installed. Finally I ran sudo dpkg --configure -a and sudo apt-get dist-upgrade. Now I have texlive 2017 running on Ubuntu 16.04 without a problem. – pendingIntent Mar 29 '18 at 1:08
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    Great! So you can accept my answer :) – N0rbert Mar 29 '18 at 8:37
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    Sorry. I'm a newbie to this forum. Looks like I accepted it now. – pendingIntent Mar 29 '18 at 12:46
  • If individual packages gets pesky, maybe try sudo dpkg -i --force-all /var/cache/apt/archives/texlive-* and finally, try this askubuntu.com/a/654680/63298 – alvas Dec 25 '19 at 17:06

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