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tlmgr is not accessible after installing TeX Live 2011 on a Ubuntu system

I just installed TeXlive with the install-tl-20120117 package. I expected to be able to use tlmgr after the installation but bash came up with the error tlmgr: command not found.

I checked whether or not the file tlmgr.pl is in /usr/local/texlive/2011/texmf/scripts/texlive and it is. Can anyone tell me what I'm doing wrong? I'm still trying to learn the ropes here.

EDIT in Response: I am running Debian Squeeze on VirtualBox.

echo PATH

I think I see the problem, how do I mend this? What should I add to the path? Should I add it in my .bashrc?

marked as duplicate by Sharpie, egreg, Seamus, lockstep, Stefan Kottwitz Jan 21 '12 at 12:13

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  • It would be helpful to know your OS. Also, have a look at this: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/26624/… – Psirus Jan 19 '12 at 10:16
  • Have you added the newly installed TL to your PATH? Otherwise bash cannot find it. If you have, verify the PATH variable (echo $PATH) – daleif Jan 19 '12 at 10:23
  • How would I go about doing that? – Patrick Hisshion Jan 19 '12 at 10:31
  • Thanks Marc, I've tried that according to the thread that Psirus posted above. Still gives me the same error, even after reloading. Do I have to dictate the PATH in a config file? Specifically tlmgr is in /usr/local/texlive/2011/bin/i386-linux. Which really is a symlink to ../../texmf/scripts/texlive/tlmgr.pl – Patrick Hisshion Jan 19 '12 at 11:00
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    Usually, you would run tlmgr as root. Which means you will have to add the path to tlmgr to the root's path. I have no idea how to do that on Ubuntu, they do not really use a root account, and do that sudo thing instead. – Jan Hlavacek Jan 19 '12 at 15:06

Please see the section on setting the PATH in the quick install for TL and check the documentation of your OS.

UPDATE: The quick install instructions read as follows

After the installation finishes, you must add the directory of TeX Live binaries to your PATH—except on Windows, where the installer takes care of this. For example: PATH=/usr/local/texlive/2018/bin/x86_64-linux:$PATH

Use the syntax for your shell, your installation directory, and your binary platform name instead of x86_64-linux.

If you have multiple TeX installations on a given machine, you need to change the search path to switch between them. (Except on MacOSX.)

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