[tex-live] Conflicting install-info

Lars Madsen daleif at imf.au.dk
Thu May 28 17:44:15 CEST 2009

Pander wrote:
> Hi all,
> Of course I have texlive on my Ubuntu 9.04 system at the beginning of my
> $PATH:
> /usr/local/texlive/2008/bin/x86_64-linux:/usr/local/texlive/2008/bin/x86_64-linux:/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin:/usr/games
> Now I got some weird error from prerm, postrm, preinst and postinst
> scripts via apt-get and finally tracked it down that the install-info my
> system is using is the one from texlive, which is not compatible with
> the expected version.
> The errors look like:
> Do you want to continue [Y/n]?
> Setting up ***** (*****) ...
> install-info: No dir file specified; try --help for more information.
> dpkg: error processing ***** (--configure):
>  subprocess post-installation script returned error exit status 1
> Errors were encountered while processing:
>  *****
> E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
> One can manually overcome this by commenting out the calls to
> install-info in the prerm, postrm, preinst and postinst scripts, but it
> is better to solve the conflict in a generic way. (For now I have hidden
> the one in texlive)
> What does texlive recommend when you would like to have texlive in the
> beginning of your $PATH? Is this a bad idea to begin with? Should
> install-info be removed from the texlive distro? Or should it be
> upgraded? Please advise.
> Regards,
> Pander

as you will find in the archives, it will be removed from the next 
version of TeX Live



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