I was getting an error checking packages in R on an Ubuntu 10.10 machine using the ‘R CMD check’ command saying:
LaTeX errors when creating PDF version. This typically indicates Rd problems.
I have no idea what R’s problem with pdflatex was (I’ve been using pdflatex for writing papers just fine) but once I installed the texlive-full package (a metapackage that installed all sorts of other packages) the check ran without any errors. If in doubt, this package seems to install everything that might be missing (along with the kitchen sink).