I am trying to install texlive in order to recover files swept away in the process of installing another latex software package.

The basic problem is that I want to run tlmgr to recover lost packages, but the command line does not recognize this command.

Now, I am pretty sure I installed texlive before, but I can't be certain. A locate search turns up many results, the most numerous being in a folder called "textmf-texlive."

I am following the installation process on this page: http://www.tug.org/texlive/quickinstall.html I am running this perl script:


It says on the page that I should remove previous installation. But I don't see any files like the ones on the page. I see only the previously mentioned "textmf-texlive" folder, which I am not certain that it has anything to do with actual texlive, especially since tlmgr will not run. So I think I can just go ahead and run the script.

At the end of this page it says I have to set a PATH. This I am sure I did not do, which might be the reason tlmgr does not work.

I am on Ubuntu 12.04. After I run the installer, can I just copy and paste the code on the web page to set the PATH?


People might also want to have a look at the question (and the according detailed answer) How to install "vanilla" TeXLive on Debian or Ubuntu?

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    it is easier to just use apt to install it. Or the synaptic GUI manager.
    – Nasser
    Commented Jan 15, 2013 at 6:08
  • When I do that it just goes to the 2009 version in the repositories. They haven't updated it in years. How would I apt-get the latest version?
    – Paul
    Commented Jan 15, 2013 at 6:18
  • I just installed texlive on linux mint, it is using the latest verion: pdfTeX 3.1415926-2.4-1.40.13 (TeX Live 2012/Debian). Used the GUI manager. One click is all took. May be you are using an old repository? I used the default repository for linux mint 14. See if you can find a deb based repository that is newer, or search for the .deb file itself on the net. It is there somewhere, since I just installed it (mint uses apt like debian, so the .deb file should work)
    – Nasser
    Commented Jan 15, 2013 at 6:20
  • @ Nasser Sorry for making a long comment, but...so I just type sudo apt-get install pdfTeX 3.1415926-2.4-1.40.13? And pdfTeX includes/is the same as TeX Live?
    – Paul
    Commented Jan 15, 2013 at 6:27
  • You should use texlive as the name of the package. It will include everything. Use the command apt search texlive to see.
    – Nasser
    Commented Jan 15, 2013 at 6:30

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Since you seem to have some troubles with the concept of $PATH etc, you will be much better off by using the Ubuntu packages; see this question and its answers.

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