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I just installed the latest version of Texlive 2011 from the iso; everything is fine, even tlmgr it's ok except the fact that it can't install new packages from the repository.

root@tux-laptop:~# tlmgr update -list
tlmgr: package repository http://ftp.uniRoma2.it/TeX/systems/texlive/tlnet
tlmgr: saving backups to /usr/local/texlive/2011/tlpkg/backups
skipping forcibly removed package l3packages
tlmgr: no updates available
root@tux-laptop:~# tlmgr search fourier
 engrec - Enumerate with lower- or uppercase Greek letters.
 fourier - Using Utopia fonts in LaTeX documents.
 fouriernc - Use New Century Schoolbook text with Fourier maths fonts.
 pst-func - PSTricks package for plotting mathematical functions.
 pxgreeks - Shape selection for PX fonts Greek letters.
 trfsigns - Typeset transform signs.
 txgreeks - Shape selection for TX fonts Greek letters.
 utopia - Adobe Utopia fonts.
root@tux-laptop:~# tlmgr show fourier
package:     fourier
category:    Package
shortdesc:   Using Utopia fonts in LaTeX documents.
longdesc:    Fourier-GUTenberg is a LaTeX typesetting system which uses Adobe Utopia as its standard base font. Fourier-GUTenberg provides all complementary typefaces needed to allow Utopia based TeX typesetting, including an extensive mathematics set and several other symbols. The system is absolutely stand- alone: apart from Utopia and Fourier, no other typefaces are required. The fourier fonts will also work with Adobe Utopia Expert fonts, which are only available for purchase. Utopia is a registered trademark of Adobe Systems Incorporated
installed:   Yes
revision:    15878
cat-version: 1.3
cat-date:    2008-12-13 14:57:21 +0100
cat-license: lppl
collection:  collection-fontsextra

root@tux-laptop:~# tlmgr install fourier
tlmgr: package repository http://ftp.uniRoma2.it/TeX/systems/texlive/tlnet

Ok, what's wrong with tlmgr? When i try to compile a new document which uses the newly installed package, pdflatex can't find it.

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If you mean the PATH yes i did it, otherwise i couldn't even run tlmgr like i was able to do in the report – Micro Nov 11 '11 at 20:56

I solved this, it was tricky but i found out that some executable from the past installation of texlive were still installed on my system and this perl script, aka tlmgr, is probably not able to identify and make a distinction between executables that belongs to a texlive environment instead of another.

It's not my case but in another situation maybe the tool ldd could also be really helpful in a GNU/Linux environment, and remember that most of this "programs" that come with texlive are scripts and not executables.

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so...how'd you fix it? – Trevor Alexander Jan 14 '14 at 9:59

Maybe tlmgr was interruputed. Try mktexlsr as root and then check that kpsewhich can find fourier.sty:

boris@somewhere:~$ kpsewhich fourier.sty
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nothing, the output of kpsewhich is empty; considering the ouput of tlmgr while performing the installation looks like it download nothing. I do not have any clues right now ... – Micro Nov 11 '11 at 19:21
i just notice that TEXMFCNF is not setted and pratically no environments variables were created during the installation process. What are the environment variables needed by tex? – Micro Nov 11 '11 at 19:40
Normally no environmental vars are set: texlive binaries are expected to read everything from the files at startup. Based on your input. I'd reinstall texlive from scratch: something definitely went wrong. – Boris Nov 11 '11 at 19:48
I installed texlive from a directory generated from the iso unpacked with an archive tool running the script install-tl as sudo, there is a better way to install texlive? – Micro Nov 11 '11 at 19:51
What does tlmgr conf say? – Boris Nov 11 '11 at 21:46

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