I could ask this question on askubuntu or stackoverflow or any other similar site, but I figured some people on TeX.SE will have had the same problem, so here goes.

I uninstalled TL2017, following this much acclaimed checklist. I did an additional system wide search for texmf and texlive and some other terms, found some more files, deleted the ones not used any more. I did

$ which tlmgr
$ which pdflatex
$ which latex

Which all returned nothing, so that's good. Two things remain.

One of them is shown in the picture below. I don't know how to eliminate the handy texlive icon from unity search. Needless to say, when I click it, nothing happens. I don't know where to find the setting that will remove it. I know it's in a directory containing a bunch of files that start with [desktop], but I can't seem to lay my hand on it. If I found the directory, I could just delete the file. It could be so easy!

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The desktop entries are located in




where you can delete the file named tlmgr.desktop. I found the path by chance, looking at gusbrs' answer to How to install “vanilla” TeXLive on Debian or Ubuntu?.

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    There is also /usr/share/applications where it could be located. – Henri Menke May 2 '18 at 2:05
  • thx for the comment. I'll add this to the answer. – thymaro May 2 '18 at 9:02

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