[tex-live] heresy

Olaf Weber olaf at infovore.xs4all.nl
Tue Jun 22 22:34:45 CEST 2004

Sebastian Rahtz writes:

> I want to define a really mininal TeX setup. You know what that means,
> just the pdftex engine, metapost, Type1 fonts only, etc.
> My current "minimal" setup clocks in at 96 megabytes, which is ridiculous!

> I wonder what people feel about breaking the "cm" package in two, so
> that the Metafont sources are a separate package (which I can omit)?
> would that cause howls of protest? or shall I not have "cm" at all,
> and just have "lmodern"?

I'm not sure I understand: if you don't have metafont there, were are
there metafont sources at all in your minimalistic tree?

> Realistically, are .afm files ever used these days by normal users?
> I mean the .afm files for cm, lmodern etc

It seems to me that the people who'd need afm files would be able to
make sense of a fonts/afm/README explaining what's going on...

> Fabrice, all the packages like lib-png and lib-zlib, are they used by
> pdftex?

> Sebastian

> PS why do I want this? because I maintain a Knoppix customization.
> I'd quite like a basic TeX on there (it's been banished from the
> normal Knoppix), but I have very little space to spare.

Olaf Weber

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