During upgrade from 12.04 to 14.04 I got lots of errors about various items related to TeX. Most of them reported 'tex-common is not configured' as at least a part of the problem.

When I try to reinstall tex-common, I get the error: No file name for tex-common:i386

Other side effects of this problem are that I can no longer start Eclipse, and as you would expect Kile and other applications that manipulate LaTeX don't work any more.

Any help would be much appreciated.

  • Hi Peter, Eclipse is not dependent on texlive, if it does not start it is for some other reason. First off: try to remove all the existing packages with a command like sudo apt-get purge texlive* and then install it again. – Luís de Sousa Aug 27 '14 at 6:28
  • Didn't work, I'm afraid. I purged all the textlive packages (and deleted all the configuration files from /etc/texmf/texmf.d as instructed during the purge). I then tried to reinstall and got vast numbers of error messages like this: – Peter Aug 27 '14 at 15:30
  • Your comment is missing the error message. If you are unable to install packages your problem is certainly broader and not related to texlive per se. – Luís de Sousa Aug 27 '14 at 15:35
  • So I tried to install tex-common, but got the following error: ¿Desea continuar? [S/n] s Configurando tex-common (4.04) ... Running mktexlsr. This may take some time... done. Running updmap-sys. This may take some time... updmap-sys failed. Output has been stored in /tmp/updmap.s1B6Cu4l Please include this file if you report a bug. This file appears to be a binary file, so I can't get any help there. The error in my previous was followed by vast numbers of other ones all telling me that nothing could be done because text-common was not configured. – Peter Aug 27 '14 at 15:40
  • Sorry about missing error messages. They were all complaining that tex-common was not configured – Peter Aug 27 '14 at 15:42

This worked for me:

sudo apt-get purge tex-common
sudo update-updmap
sudo updmap-sys --syncwithtrees
sudo updmap-sys
sudo apt-get install texlive

During the first command above, pay attention to the list of packages that are removed along with tex-common. In my case it removed kile and a lot of other texlive advanced packages. You will need to reinstall them after.

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