texlive not working "out of the box" in 11.0

Hello, I’m migrating from 10.2 to 11.0 and I would like to typeset some existing LaTeX documents. However I found that the familiar tetex which worked “out of the box” is no longer available, so I installed the rpm’s


but found that there is no /usr/bin/latex ! As a workaround, I set up the soft links:

ln -s /usr/lib/texmf/bin/x86_64-linux/latex /usr/bin/latex
ln -s /usr/lib/texmf/bin/x86_64-linux/pdflatex /usr/bin/pdflatex

When trying to typeset my document I now get:

This is pdfTeX, Version 3.141592-1.40.3 (Web2C 7.5.6)
kpathsea: Running mktexfmt latex.fmt
fmtutil: format directory /var/lib/texmf/web2c' is not writable. I can't find the format file latex.fmt’!


  1. Is there a working “out of the box” LaTeX for opensuse 11.0 as
    there was for 10.2 and earlier distributions?
  2. Is there a README which says how to set up texlive?

Any help would be much appreciated,

You need one more package: texlive-latex-2007-177.1

Then you will have /usr/bin/latex.

Thanks!, that’s perfect!