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Debian Stretch / Devuan Ascii comes with TexLive 2016.20170123-5 , and I want to install TeXLive 2017. What's the best way to do that without messing up my system with conflicts between the distro packages and my own installation?

I don't mind using some packages from Debian sid / Devuan ceres; but I'm not sure that's the right thing to do. Maybe I should just try removing as many TeX packages as I can and do a manual install under /usr/local/?

  • I would try listing the dependencies and if it too many, would do a manual installing. – Rui F Ribeiro Jul 1 '18 at 11:37
  • @RuiFRibeiro: There are a gazillion TeX-related packages. – einpoklum Jul 1 '18 at 11:38
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    I would try listing the dependencies with apt but would not let it install. Would revert the confs it too many. Depending on the situation, it might be easier having a sid VM if you need the new version that badly. – Rui F Ribeiro Jul 1 '18 at 11:39
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    The cleanest way is probably to add the Debian/Devuan distro with TeXLive 2017 to apt, and use apt-pinning (google) to give preference to stretch/ascii. You can overwrite this preference for the TeXLive package(s) in apt-get/aptitude. I've had a system with multiple distro versions like this for a long time. However, you will have to pay attention to what packages will get installed by your actions, and you may get some packages from the newer versions. – dirkt Jul 2 '18 at 12:03
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I just used this in devuan:

sudo apt-get install texlive-full tex4ht

For me it worked.

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