The TeXLive installer gives users on Unix-like systems (I use Debian Stable) the option to install symbolic links in the
/usr/local/bin directly for the TeX executables (
cweave, and many others).
Doing so has the positive effect that the user does not need to change any environmental variables to run TeX, since,
/usr/local/bin is already in the system's search path. The disadvantage is that this requires one to install as root, which can create security problems and makes it harder to adjust the distribution; and it puts files in an important system directory rather than keeping the distribution contained inside
When I install the new year's distribution, I do not want to use the symbolic links again; it seems simpler now to add the path manually.
How, then, can I remove the symbolic links from the previous year's installation that are still in
/usr/local/bin? Can I do this through last year's installer, perhaps?
(I would also appreciate comments regarding the benefits or problems of using the symbolic links, though I know that is opinion-based. Also, I realize the technical content of the question might be better suited to the Unix-Linux Stackexchange, but it seemed to me this was a question that should be on this site as many TeX users are likely to encounter it.)