[tex-live] tlmgr cannot install packages

Spyros Koutsoumpos spyros.koutsoumpos at googlemail.com
Sat Nov 8 06:23:01 CET 2008

I installed the minimal edition of TeXLive 2008 from the net in Ubuntu 8.10.
In order to complete the installation, I edited (gedit ~/.profile) and
sourced (source ~/.profile) the .profile file by appending the lines

export PATH

I also appended the lines

export PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/texlive/2008/bin/i386-linux/
export TEXMFCNF=/usr/local/texlive/2008/texmf/web2c/

in the .bashrc file and sourced.

Then, latex -v gives the expected info.

I then tried to install new packages with tlmgr, after I had had installed a
python package and updated tlmgr itself. The command

tlmgr install mathdesign

will connect to the installation location, install:mathdesign and then quit
because it "can't mkdir '/usr/local/texlive/2008/temp/' permission denied".

sudo tlmgr install mathdesign, or sudo -H install mathdesign,

will prompt for password only to inform that tlmgr:command not found.

The package manager of MikTeX in Windows Vista similarly requires elevation
(administrative privileges) to start. If the same is required by tlmgr, why
is it not recognized by sudo? Why would tlmgr want to download the package
at a created temp directory where it has no access (me either?).
I hope you could hint at a solution on this problem, as I only installed
Ubuntu two days ago and my experience with it is still limited.
Many thanks in advance,
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