I have been using the default installation of LaTeX(Texlive) which is available in Ubuntu Software Centre. However now I want to install full Texlive. Should I remove the copy of Texlive I already have and then do sudo apt-get install texlive-full or just keep it and do sudo apt-get install texlive-full? Please provide detailed steps.


As you can see from Ubuntu Pacakages site http://packages.ubuntu.com/trusty/texlive-full. This is

TeX Live: metapackage pulling in all components of TeX Live

Feel free to use command-line tools to examine packages, for example: apt-cache show texlive-full gives the following output http://paste.ubuntu.com/12904879/ As you see this package has all texlive-* packages as dependencies, and it is not conflicts with them but instead depends on them. So installing texlive-full will just install addition packages, not touching another packages. It's like a superset.

  • But should I remove it and then download the full package? – Subhadip Roy Oct 23 '15 at 20:03

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