[CentOS] TeX Live on CentOS 7

Fri Jul 21 21:14:10 UTC 2017
Alice Wonder <alice at domblogger.net>

I always install official TeXLive in /usr/local/texlive - yum update 
thanks me. Every few months I update it, but keeping it outside of RPM 
means I don't get tons of individual packages, many that I never use, 
constantly updating in yum.

On 07/21/2017 11:46 AM, Denniston, Todd A CIV NAVSURFWARCENDIV Crane, 
JXVS wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Nicolas Kovacs [mailto:info at microlinux.fr]
>> Sent: Friday, July 21, 2017 2:29 AM
>> To: CentOS
>> Subject: [CentOS] TeX Live on CentOS 7
>> Hi,
>> I just installed the OpenVAS vulnerability scanner on my CentOS 7
>> workstation. Everything seems to work fine, except PDF generation. The
>> 'openvas-check-setup' script tells me that PDF generation works fine,
>> but whenever I want to generate a report, the result is unusable and
>> can't open in Evince or Okular.
>> After googling a bit, I found out that several users complained that Tex
>> Live is broken under RHEL/CentOS 7.
>> While I did use LaTeX a long time ago to write documents, I don't use it
>> anymore nowadays (just Markdown or LibreOffice). But I do need a working
>> installation of TeX Live for OpenVAS PDF reports.
>> What can I do now? Perform a manual installation of TeX Live with their
>> provided installer (to /opt) and then blacklist all texlive* packages? I
>> admit I'm a bit surprised that a distribution like RHEL/CentOS that
>> prises quality wouldn't provide a working TeX Live in their package
>> repositories.
>> Any suggestions?
> The users that were complaining, were they all OpenVAS user?
> Going from my experiences on CentOS 6, I find it surprising that LaTeX is not working.
> Does even the trivial.tex from [0] compile?
> Can you get the LaTeX file that OpenVAS is generating, and on the command line run pdflatex (or other latex compile command) on it and capture the error messages?
> This might point to missing packages/fonts.
> It may be possible that not enough of texlive has been installed.   I tend to do a `yum install \*latex\*` (and answer no) to see what is available and then install every latex thing that is not a -devel package. That way I never have to think about getting packages again, or if I do I will pretty much know I'll have to get it from CTAN myself.
> seeing [1] from the opanvas wiki makes me think you should try `yum install \*latex\*extra\*` and see if it is now available.  And as seen elsewhere [2] sometimes rpm packager's don't name them the same as LaTeX packagers.   And it looks like[3] a lot of folks take the same 'trash the distro' perspective as openvas[1] which is unfortunate.  Perhaps we could ask the CentOS-extras (and a RHEL or EPEL ticket) folks if they would be willing to rebuild the needed packages from an old Fedora RPM if they are not yet available in a EL repository.  Have you checked EPEL?
> [0] https://www.centos.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=48421
> [1] https://wiki.openvas.org/index.php/Generate_a_PDF_report#CentOS_7
> [2] https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/166140
> [3] https://www.centos.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=54410
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