Last week while I was installing the texlive-full in the Ubuntu system in VMWare I found that it took too much time, and then I went back home left it installing. But when I came back, something weird appeared:
1. Many Vim plugins yelled at me.
2. After rebooting, I got stuck with a totally black screen.
3. My Genome was gone. I can only interact with the OS via command line after hitting Ctrl+Alt+F1.
4. Since I got to know that I need extend the disk space for the Virtual machine, I attempted to get it done by following this awesome tutorial, but got stuck again when trying this command pvcreate /dev/sda3. The system told me that it had not been installed. But when I run sudo apt-get install lvm2, it reminded me that I should run sudo apt-get -f install with no parameters instead first.
5. But I saw that the failed texlive-full was being installing, and again it failed because of the limited space issue.
6. Then I deleted about 1.5G of files. I checked it by running df -h after sudo apt-get clean. But when I run the command I run in the 4th step, the error saying E: Write error - Write (28: No space left on device) E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened. reoccured.

Then my question is that what I can do to undo the interrupted installation of texlive-full? It seems that it has not been automatically undoed after the failure. I don't want, and it seems that I need not, to delete more files for more space.

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    I would recommend booting from a live cd and extend your disk space first then update everything.
    – DnrDevil
    Dec 6, 2015 at 13:29
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    post (pastebin) the exact command you ran and the exact error message. I am guessing /boot or some specific partition is full
    – Panther
    Dec 6, 2015 at 13:32
  • @bodhi.zazenSorry I cannot reproduce the prompts which guide me to run apt-get -f install. All errors shown are the same as that one in the 6th step. Dec 6, 2015 at 13:39
  • @DnrDevil I don't get you, could you please answer the question in detail? Or redirect me to some tutorials? Dec 6, 2015 at 13:42

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I have tackled the problem by four steps: 0) delete some files and complte the installation and then remove the software; 1) Set the VMware to extend the storage; 2) create a new filesystem and mount it to the root one; 3) install the latex by setting the installing directory.

#   TEXLIVE_INSTALL_PREFIX         /usr/local/texlive   => $tex_prefix

According the the above line in the install_tl file and the explanation in the documentation I get to know that I should change the value of the variable tex_prefix only.


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