Texlive distribution on centOS for RStudio Server and Connect


#1

If you want your RStudio Server or Connect to be able to render PDF reports on a centOS machine, you need to install a copy of texlive. However, I found that the texlive distribution on centOS through yum install sometimes lack some LaTeX packages even after installing texlive-* and it doesn’t come with a latex package manager “for good reasons” (See https://www.centos.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=54410). Therefore, I run into trouble in the past that I couldn’t render a PDF because some latex packages were not and could not be installed. :joy:

My solution was to install the vanilla version of texlive from [TUG] (https://www.tug.org/texlive/acquire.html). I found these SE answer 1 & SE answer 2 were very helpful.

I just want to share my experience here in case other people fall into this rabbit hole. Also, please let me know if there is better solution for this issue.


#2

My biggest issue was i never had inconsolata or zi4. These steps fixed it on CentOS 7.

$ yum install levien-inconsolata-fonts
$ wget http://mirrors.ctan.org/install/fonts/inconsolata.tds.zip
$ mkdir inconsolata
$ unzip inconsolata.tds.zip -d inconsolata
$ cp -r inconsolata/* /usr/share/texmf
$ mktexlsr

$ tee -a /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/web2c/updmap.cfg << EOF
Map zi4.map
EOF

$ yum install perl-Digest-MD5
$ updmap-sys --force