I want to update my TeX Live 2009 to 2012. I want a fresh install and would like to remove TeX Live 2009 on my ubuntu. How should I remove TeX Live using my terminal?

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To remove Tex Live, type the following in a console:

sudo apt-get remove texlive
  • It gives me "Package texlive is not installed, so not removed". But I am still able to compile my tex files using pdflatex command?
    – user27323
    Oct 2, 2012 at 23:19
  • Type sudo apt-cache search tex* then show us the resulting packages
    – LnxSlck
    Oct 2, 2012 at 23:30
  • Ok. I did sudo apt-get remove texlive-* and not pdflatex doesn't work. Thanks
    – user27323
    Oct 2, 2012 at 23:36

For me, LnxSlck's solution seemed somehow insufficient. I then did a apt-get purge texlive-base (though not sure if I should have) and then apt-get autoclean and then I was totally texlive free.

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