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I was playing around with the path settings in tlmgr and the following error came up:

Updating symlinks ...
Executing action path add
Can't exec "kpsewhich": Too many levels of symbolic links at /usr/local/texlive/2011/bin/x86_64-linux/tlmgr line 588.
Use of uninitialized value $TEXMFSYSVAR in scalar chomp at /usr/local/texlive/2011/bin/x86_64-linux/tlmgr line 588.
Can't exec "kpsewhich": Too many levels of symbolic links at /usr/local/texlive/2011/bin/x86_64-linux/tlmgr line 589.
Use of uninitialized value $TEXMFSYSCONFIG in scalar chomp at /usr/local/texlive/2011/bin/x86_64-linux/tlmgr line 589.
Can't exec "kpsewhich": Too many levels of symbolic links at /usr/local/texlive/2011/bin/x86_64-linux/tlmgr line 590.
Use of uninitialized value $TEXMFLOCAL in scalar chomp at /usr/local/texlive/2011/bin/x86_64-linux/tlmgr line 590.
Completed.

The original default paths were:

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Now I cannot access tlmgr or in fact compile using Latex packages at all. Please help me to revert changes and regain functionality of TL2011.

I'm using Ubuntu 64 bit, Xfce.

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I suppose that you enabled the option "Create symlinks in system directories" which is a bad choice for the installation. You shouldn't enable this option in the main manue. If you are a member of TUG (which is anyway a good choice :-) then you can read Enricos article on installing TeXLive on Ubuntu.

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I'm not sure what that means? What are symlinks? –  ptrcao Aug 31 '11 at 12:07
    
e.g. a link for pdflatex inside /usr/bin/ into the original directory /usr/local/texlive/2011/bin/.../ –  Herbert Aug 31 '11 at 12:11
    
The error refers to "Too many levels of symbolic links..." - now what does this mean? –  ptrcao Aug 31 '11 at 23:09
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