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How can I remove everything that is related to TeX Live from my Ubuntu 12.04? I first used the backport packages from ppa:texlive-backports/ppa and later the manual install via install-tl-unx.tar.gz. Somehow, everything screwed up, so I want to remove everything to start from scratch.

I want to get a recent TeX Live with Biber support and extended font support, i.e. support for Source Sans Pro.

What to do?

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how about rm -rf /usr/local/texlive/2012 and rm -rf ~/.texlive2012? –  cmhughes Jan 26 '13 at 20:00
For new versions, not from the official repository, consider installing on /opt. –  Sigur Jan 26 '13 at 20:04
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Try the following commands, one after another. If you progress, respective folders may already be deleted:

  1. sudo apt-get purge texlive*
  2. rm -rf /usr/local/texlive/2012 and rm -rf ~/.texlive2012
  3. rm -rf /usr/local/share/texmf
  4. rm -rf /var/lib/texmf
  5. rm -rf /etc/texmf
  6. sudo apt-get remove tex-common --purge
  7. rm -rf ~/.texlive
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Thanks to uzsolt and kudos to @cmhughes. –  Martin Betz Jan 26 '13 at 22:18
Thanks to @dustin for the update for Tex Live 2013. –  Martin Betz Jun 21 '13 at 8:45
That is fine. Without that command, an artifact from debian installation is left over. This isn't a problem for 2012 but it cause a headache for me when installing 2013. –  dustin Jun 21 '13 at 13:04
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I think you should

  1. remove all packages (via ubuntu's package manager and install-tl too)
  2. remove /usr/{,local}/share/texmf*
  3. remove texmf-releated things from /var/ (maybe /var/lib/texmf)
  4. remove /etc/texmf too
  5. your home directory: ~/.texlive

I think it's enough.

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Martin Betz's answer is great but it is missing one line that caused issue on my machine (Ubuntu 13.04). This was for upgrading from 2012 to 2013.

After 5., run sudo apt-get remove tex-common --purge. If not, you may have the problem I faced here Does TeXLive2013 need any special install instructions?

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I added your extra line to my answer. I hope you are okay with that! –  Martin Betz Jun 21 '13 at 8:44
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