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This page is about LaTeX on DICE computers. For more about LaTeX, see the LaTeX page.

TeX Live

The LaTeX distribution on DICE computers is TeX Live 2022 on Ubuntu Jammy and TeX Live 2019 on Ubuntu Focal. (But see below.)

It has comprehensive help - so comprehensive that it's too big to put on all computers. To get the TeX Live help onto your DICE computer, ask Computing Support.

Which version?

We strongly recommend that you use the latest, default TeX Live wherever possible.
To determine the version you're using, run:

[host]user$ pdflatex --version

and expect to see (TeX Live 2022) or (Tex Live 2019) on the first line of the output.

How to install your own TeX Live packages

Modern TeX Live lets you install your own TeX packages. This is done with the tlmgr command.
For details type:

[host]user$ tlmgr --help

Look specifically at the USER MODE section. In short:

[host]user$ tlmgr init-usertree
[host]user$ tlmgr --usermode install pgf
tlmgr: package repository http://mirrors.x.y[...] (verified)
[1/1] install: pgf [10372k]
running mktexlsr ...
done running mktexlsr.
tlmgr: package log updated: ~/texmf/web2c/tlmgr.log

If there's something that you think must be installed centrally, computing support can generally fulfil requests for updates and additional packages - though this is subject to the usual restrictions on new software. Please see our software pages for details.

For more information

To find out more about LaTeX see the LaTeX page.

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