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I'm trying to install texlive.

I "purged" texlive after a "successful" installation in Ubuntu 20.04 on a new machine produced a situation where I could not compile any of the *.tex files that easily work on my other systems. So I decided to wipe that installation, and try again.

I put "purged" in quotes because, after attempting to purge texlive from my system (by going through the steps given in the accepted answer in this Tex Stack Exchange post), it appeared the process actually did not remove everything texlive-related as I had expected.

Nonetheless, I tried installing texlive again, and am now in a hopeless loop where whatever command I use -- sudo apt-get install 'texlive-*' or sudo apt install texlive-full or any of the longer, more involved ones -- I get an error that always involves tex-common:

fmtutil failed. Output has been stored in /tmp/fmtutil.L7mCqGpc Please include this file if you report a bug.

dpkg: error processing package tex-common (--configure):  installed
tex-common package post-installation script subprocess returned error
exit status 1 Errors were encountered while processing:  tex-common E:
Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

After each failed attempt, I go through the same steps to "purge" texlive so as to remove from my system what I hope are all vestiges of the failed attempt.

I have noticed that after going through those eight steps to remove texlive from my system, there are files still left over, that relate to tex-common. So when I try sudo apt-get purge tex-common and then do locate tex-common sixteen files/folders come up.

How can I resolve this issue so I can successfully install texlive?


N0rbert, thanks for your response. PPA... don't think I used one. Sorry, can't remember, I never had an issue with my other machines. I think I just used sudo apt install texlive-full or something similar. I might have installed TexWorks using the Ubuntu Software Center... wiped it using the stepwise method I mentioned above.

Output of grep -r "^deb " /etc/apt/ --include="*.list":

/etc/apt/sources.list:deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ focal main restricted universe multiverse
/etc/apt/sources.list:deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ focal-security main restricted universe multiverse
/etc/apt/sources.list:deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ focal-updates main restricted universe multiverse
/etc/apt/sources.list.d/teams.list:deb [arch=amd64] https://packages.microsoft.com/repos/ms-teams stable main
/etc/apt/sources.list.d/miktex.list:deb http://miktex.org/download/ubuntu bionic universe
/etc/apt/sources.list.d/system76-dev-ubuntu-stable-focal.list:deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/system76-dev/stable/ubuntu focal main
/etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-chrome.list:deb [arch=amd64] http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable main

Output of apt-cache policy texlive-full:

texlive-full:
  Installed: 2019.20200218-1
  Candidate: 2019.20200218-1
  Version table:
 *** 2019.20200218-1 500
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu focal/universe amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

Output of sudo apt-get dist upgrade:

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Calculating upgrade... Done
The following packages will be upgraded:
  fwupd fwupd-signed google-chrome-stable libegl-mesa0 libegl1-mesa libfwupd2 libfwupdplugin1 libgbm1 libgl1-mesa-dri
  libgl1-mesa-glx libglapi-mesa libglx-mesa0 libmysqlclient21 libnetplan0 libnss-systemd libpam-systemd libsystemd0 libudev1
  libxatracker2 linux-firmware mesa-vulkan-drivers netplan.io python3-update-manager system76-driver system76-power systemd
  systemd-sysv systemd-timesyncd udev update-manager update-manager-core
31 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
1 not fully installed or removed.
Need to get 143 kB/312 MB of archives.
After this operation, 5,979 kB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y
Get:1 http://ppa.launchpad.net/system76-dev/stable/ubuntu focal/main amd64 libegl-mesa0 amd64 21.2.1-2ubuntu2pop0~1632348269~20.04~616afda~dev [143 kB]
Fetched 135 kB in 1s (240 kB/s)       
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Setting up tex-common (6.13) ...
Running mktexlsr. This may take some time... done.
Running mtxrun --generate. This may take some time... done.
Running updmap-sys. This may take some time... done.
Running mktexlsr /var/lib/texmf ... done.
Building format(s) --all.
    This may take some time... 
fmtutil failed. Output has been stored in
/tmp/fmtutil.VSeGny8X
Please include this file if you report a bug.

dpkg: error processing package tex-common (--configure):
 installed tex-common package post-installation script subprocess returned error exit status 1
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Setting up python3-update-manager (1:20.04.10.9) ...
Setting up fwupd (1.5.11-0ubuntu2pop1.1~1632510283~20.04~5dec90e~dev) ...
fwupd-offline-update.service is a disabled or a static unit not running, not starting it.
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Setting up system76-driver (20.04.43~1632933380~20.04~0ac2ed2~dev) ...
INFO    product_version: 'meer6'
INFO    displayport1_force_enable_audio: Force enable audio output from DP-1 (physical HDMI 1 port.)
INFO    Skipping 'displayport1_force_enable_audio' as it was already applied
Errors were encountered while processing:
 tex-common
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

Output of apt-cache policy miktex:

miktex:
  Installed: (none)
  Candidate: 21.6-bionic1
  Version table:
     21.6-bionic1 500
        500 http://miktex.org/download/ubuntu bionic/universe amd64 Packages
     21.3-bionic1 500
        500 http://miktex.org/download/ubuntu bionic/universe amd64 Packages
     21.1-bionic1 500
        500 http://miktex.org/download/ubuntu bionic/universe amd64 Packages
     20.12-bionic1 500
        500 http://miktex.org/download/ubuntu bionic/universe amd64 Packages
     20.11-bionic1 500
        500 http://miktex.org/download/ubuntu bionic/universe amd64 Packages
     20.10-bionic1 500
        500 http://miktex.org/download/ubuntu bionic/universe amd64 Packages
     20.6.29-bionic1 500
        500 http://miktex.org/download/ubuntu bionic/universe amd64 Packages
     20.6-bionic1 500
        500 http://miktex.org/download/ubuntu bionic/universe amd64 Packages

Output of sudo apt-get install tree:

Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  tree
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
1 not fully installed or removed.
Need to get 43.0 kB of archives.
After this operation, 115 kB of additional disk space will be used.
Get:1 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu focal/universe amd64 tree amd64 1.8.0-1 [43.0 kB]
Fetched 43.0 kB in 0s (88.5 kB/s)
Selecting previously unselected package tree.
(Reading database ... 475613 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack .../tree_1.8.0-1_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking tree (1.8.0-1) ...
Setting up tex-common (6.13) ...
Running mktexlsr. This may take some time... done.
Running mtxrun --generate. This may take some time... done.
Running updmap-sys. This may take some time... done.
Running mktexlsr /var/lib/texmf ... done.
Building format(s) --all.
    This may take some time... 
fmtutil failed. Output has been stored in
/tmp/fmtutil.1bdpEBPj
Please include this file if you report a bug.

dpkg: error processing package tex-common (--configure):
 installed tex-common package post-installation script subprocess returned error exit status 1
Setting up tree (1.8.0-1) ...
Processing triggers for man-db (2.9.1-1) ...
Errors were encountered while processing:
 tex-common
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)`

Output of tree /usr/local/bin:

/usr/local/bin

0 directories, 0 files

N0rbert, thanks for your fast responses. The /tmp/fmtutil.VSeGny8X is pretty large, over 14,000 lines. Is there a way to upload it?

Yes, running System76 meerkat hardware.

which miktexsetup returns nothing.

Output of dpkg -l:

Apologies, but how do I upload the file that contains the output? It's another biggie

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    Do you use any PPA to get texlive installed on your system? Please share full error output. Also show output of grep -r "^deb " /etc/apt/ --include="*.list" and apt-cache policy texlive-full .
    – N0rbert
    Oct 1, 2021 at 20:24
  • N0rbert, thanks for your response. PPA... don't think I used one. Sorry, can't remember, I never had an issue with my other machines. I think I just used sudo apt install texlive-full or something similar.
    – prokaryote
    Oct 2, 2021 at 2:30

1 Answer 1

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TL;DR Do not use/mix MikTex with deb-packaged TeXLive. Do not use/mix binary TeXLive with deb-packaged TeXLive. Use only deb-packaged TeXLive instead to prevent problems.

Details. The system has active MikTex repository. To prevent possible conflicts with TexLive disable it using commands below:

miktexsetup cleanup
sudo miktexsetup --shared=yes cleanup

sudo apt autoremove --purge miktex
sudo rm -v /etc/apt/sources.list.d/miktex.list
sudo rm -v /etc/fonts/conf.d/09-miktex.conf
sudo apt-get update

and then use only TexLive.

During chat session we discovered that system had local installation of Texlive. We did this by using the following steps:

  1. remove all TeX related packages with

    sudo apt autopurge $(dpkg -l | grep "TeX" | grep ^ii | awk '{print $2}')
    

    And what is interesting - removal process has several lines like dpkg: warning: while removing texlive-latex-extra, directory '/usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/stex/statements' not empty so not removed. So we classified them and removed by commands like:

    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/fonts/truetype/artemisia
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/fonts/truetype/baskerville
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/fonts/truetype/bodoni-classic
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/fonts/truetype/didot
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/fonts/truetype/didot-classic
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/fonts/truetype/gazis
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/fonts/truetype/gentium
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/fonts/truetype/neohellenic
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/fonts/truetype/olga
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/fonts/truetype/porson
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/fonts/truetype/solomos
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/fonts/truetype/theokritos
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/fonts/type1/texlive-fonts-recommended
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/achemso
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/acro
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/animate
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/base
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/caption
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/cdpbundl
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/circuitikz
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/dtk
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/endfloat
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/exsheets
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/fancyvrb
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/fontspec
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/glossaries/base
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/graphics
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/hyperref
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/invoice
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/isodoc
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/l3experimental/l3str
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/l3kernel
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/latexconfig
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/lettre
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/makedtx
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/memoir
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/minitoc
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/ms
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/nomencl
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/oberdiek
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/pdfpages
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/pdfx
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/pkgloader
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/polyglossia
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/stex/cmath
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/stex/dcm
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/stex/hwexam
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/stex/metakeys
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/stex/mikoslides
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/stex/modules
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/stex/omdoc
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/stex/omtext
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/stex/presentation
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/stex/problem
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/stex/sproof
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/stex/sref
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/stex/statements
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/stex/workaddress
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/sttools
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/titlesec
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/tkz-base
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/tkz-euclide
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/unicode-math
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/xdoc
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texmf/fonts/opentype/public/lm
    sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texmf/fonts/opentype/public/lm-math
    
  2. then we tried to find the texlive-related files and folders which does not came from deb-packages by using command below

    sudo find /bin /etc /lib /lib64 /opt /sbin /srv /usr /var -iname "*texlive*" -exec dpkg -S {} \; > /dev/null
    

    and it shown the following

    dpkg-query: no path found matching pattern /usr/share/texlive
    

    and this folder has 98 directories, 482 files according to tree /usr/share/texlive.

    So we removed this folder as simple as sudo rm -rfv /usr/share/texlive and then proceed.

  3. Install all needed stuff as usual

    sudo apt-get install texlive-base
    sudo apt-get install tex-common
    sudo apt-get install texlive-full
    
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  • thanks, but unfortunately that failed too, with the same tex-common related error. The command miktexsetup cleanup said it couldn't find miktexsetup. Why did you ask about System76 hardware? I originally wondered if that might have something to do with it, since I've never encountered anything similar on my other machines
    – prokaryote
    Oct 2, 2021 at 14:56
  • Sometimes system76 PPA creates issues. Do you really run on meer6 product? What do you have in /tmp/fmtutil.VSeGny8X and /tmp/fmtutil.1bdpEBPj files? Please upload full output of dpkg -l to pastebin and share a link.
    – N0rbert
    Oct 2, 2021 at 15:01
  • how can I share the output of dpkg -l? how do I upload the file that contains the output?
    – prokaryote
    Oct 2, 2021 at 15:09
  • Please answer the question about System76 hardware. If you are not using it, then we can remove the PPA without any further issues. You run dpkg -l > ~/somefile and then upload contents of ~/somefile to pastebin. Also upload both /tmp/fmtutil.VSeGny8X and /tmp/fmtutil.1bdpEBPj .
    – N0rbert
    Oct 2, 2021 at 15:15
  • yes, all this is happening on a System76 meerkat
    – prokaryote
    Oct 2, 2021 at 15:18

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