[tex-live] "why is tex live so big"

Benoit RIVET benoit.rivet at free.fr
Tue Oct 23 13:14:35 CEST 2012

Le 23 oct. 2012 à 11:17, Robin Fairbairns a écrit :

> what i want to point to, from the faq, is a coherent strategy for
> newbies to download enough of tl for a coherent system, without hauling
> in things that are _not_ necessary.  so (for example) lm fonts without
> cm-super (i'm not even sure whether that's a proper dichotomy).

There is a BasicTeX distribution for Mac OS X, described on http://www.tug.org/mactex/morepackages.html

> BasicTeX 
> approximately 64M  - 08 July 2012
> BasicTeX is a subset of TeX Live designed for easy download by users with limited download speed. The package is remarkably capable. It contains all of the standard tools needed to write TeX documents, including TeX, LaTeX, pdfTeX, MetaFont, dvips, ConTeXt, MetaPost, and XeTeX. It contains AMSTeX, the Latin Modern Fonts, the TeX Live Manager to add and update packages from TeX Live, and the new SyncTeX.

BasicTeX may be a good starting point for a minimal Tex distribution, based on TexLive.


Benoît RIVET

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