I recently installed TeX Live 2011 (basic) and ran tlmgr command. The output said No command 'tlmgr' found, did you mean..... As a remedy I exported the directory where tlmgr is located to $PATH variable by running export PATH=/usr/local/texlive/2011/bin/i386-linux/:$PATH. After doing this if I run tlmgr --self --all update, I get following message:

tlmgr: package repository http://get-software.net/systems/texlive/tlnet
TeX Live 2011 is frozen forever and will no
longer be updated.  This happens in preparation for a new release.

If you're interested in helping to pretest the new release (when
pretests are available), please read http://tug.org/texlive/pretest.html.
Otherwise, just wait, and the new release will be ready in due time.
tlmgr: saving backups to /usr/local/texlive/2011/tlpkg/backups
tlmgr: no updates available

I installed TexLive 2011 using sudo command and sudo version of above command does not help either. Please let me know what I am missing.

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    TL 2011 is now frozen. You need to wait for the 2012 release. See here.
    – jon
    Commented May 29, 2012 at 5:13
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    Did you actually read the message? It's pretty clear. Commented May 29, 2012 at 6:19

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The TeX Live team freezes a version (e.g. 2011) shortly before the next one (e.g. 2012) is coming out. This means no new packages updates will be incorporated from CTAN or other sources. You can still update an older installation to the last versions before the freeze, but further runs of tlmgr update will not do anything. It prints the above info text to tell you this, which is technically not an error.

Note that you can't upgrade from one TeX Live version to the next, but rather need to install the new version as a fresh install. You just happened to install TeX Live at a bad time, so you will have to install it a few weeks again if you want to get package updates.

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    Not actually true. One cannot upgrade on Windows, the TL team released a few scripts such that Linux users could upgrade TL10 to TL11. Worked just fine.
    – daleif
    Commented May 29, 2012 at 8:08
  • @daleif: I was always wondering about this. Thanks! Commented May 29, 2012 at 8:19
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    Then again I do not know what is so special about Windows, that makes it impossible to upgrade it in a similar fashion.
    – daleif
    Commented May 29, 2012 at 8:55
  • @daleif: Either the file system (hard links are possible under NTFS but very difficult) or the tool set (a lot more tools under Unix/Linux by default). Commented May 29, 2012 at 11:55
  • @MartinScharrer And: We should be thankful that the TL-team each year use a lot of time and effort to compile an application like TL for free use, even if updating from one version to another is a little more complicated than pushing a button.
    – Sveinung
    Commented May 29, 2012 at 13:31

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