I am using TexLive 2015 and I would like to move on to 2016 or even better 2017.
I read on internet that uninstalling and doing a fresh install is a better idea than upgrading TexLive, is it true?
Anyways I started looking for the ways to see how I can uninsntall TexLive from my ubuntu 16.04 LTS (64 bit) and I found this: Open the link
I had installed Texlive using terminal so the path is \usr\share\texlive and not \usr\local\texlive as suggested in the above link.
My question is to uninstall TexLive, is it necessary to go through all those steps?
If yes, the only change I need to make in those commands is changing the path from \usr\local\texlive to \usr\share\texlive or I should change something more?

  • Which did you use to install it, apt or apt-get or custom build note all are via terminal! – George Udosen Dec 25 '17 at 19:05
  • Best option use dpkg-query -L testlive to determine the files to remove – George Udosen Dec 25 '17 at 19:14
  • @GeorgeUdosen , I used apt-get, how does that matter? asking out of curiosity. – Dude Dec 25 '17 at 19:18
  • It matters because the method of install determines the method of removal, now please run whereis textlive so we know what files will be removed and adapt that link answer – George Udosen Dec 25 '17 at 19:42
  • @GeorgeUdosen, here is the results for whereis texlive: \usr\share\texlive, as mentioned earlier. So now i just need to follow the instruction in the link using the path of my own? – Dude Dec 25 '17 at 20:14

Well as it turns out, to do the job of removing TexLive, one simply needs to:

sudo apt-get purge texlive-*
sudo apt-get autoremove
sudo apt-get autoclean

As suggested here
That's all!

  • That was enough to do a TinyTeX install without running into any errors, on Ubuntu 18.04. Cheers! – stragu Oct 25 '18 at 2:46
  • if you get an error, try sudo apt-get purge "texlive-*" – Drake Sobania Jan 16 at 18:57

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