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I have installed TeXLive 2012 on Ubuntu 12.04 via install-tl and chose a minimal set of packages, so that I could later tlmgr install ... everything I would need with dependencies automatically resolved. During installation I chose a subdirectory of the home directory (user install) and not /usr/...

After installation I've updated the path env. var. so the command tlmgr works, however latex or pdflatex commands don't exist. I've tried tlmgr install latex and it downloaded and installed some 3 packages, but still no latex command in bash (other tex binaries like bibtex exist in /texlive/bin/i386-linux/, but no latex).

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did you make sure to update your PATH variable? – cmhughes Sep 10 '12 at 1:27
Maybe the format wasn't generated properly on installing. Does tlmgr generate fmtutil --rebuild-sys help? Does calling tex -fmt pdflatex work, i.e. produce what you would expect pdflatex to produce? – Ulrich Schwarz Sep 10 '12 at 6:15
@cmhughes, @UlrichSchwartz: Thank you, it seem I had to install latex-bin as @mpg suggested, installing only package latex was not enough. – Boris B. Sep 10 '12 at 7:46

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You need to install package latex-bin for the latex command.

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Thank you, that did it. Btw. do you know how to make dependency-resolving work? For example on the minimal pkg configuration I've installed package tkz-berge for graph drawing and it complained about missing sty files. Then I had to google each sty file to see in which package was it and install the package manually via tlmgr. Is this the common way or am I doing something wrong? – Boris B. Sep 10 '12 at 7:41
Resolving dependencies and their dependencies is very hard to do automatically. I'd say it is probably the cont one will have to pay for the small installations and trying to add stuff on the go. – daleif Sep 10 '12 at 19:17
We (TeX Live Team) never guaranteed proper dependencies between packages, but we try to keep collection dependencies halfway uptodate. That means if you install a collection then most things will work. But if you decide to install package per package you are on your own, and will remain, as we have no way to automatically generate these dependencies. – norbert Sep 11 '12 at 2:48

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