Installation sizes (was: Re: How should I deal with packages that require FFI external libraries?

Peter Flynn peter at
Mon Apr 24 15:52:58 CEST 2023

On 21/04/2023 22:43, Karl Berry wrote:
> The answer to why full TL is so big (currently 7.5+GB) is that it 
> includes all the fonts, support for all languages including CJK, all 
> macros, etc. Support to typeset any document in (more or less) any 
> script anywhere in the world takes space ...

If I do

cd /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/fonts
ls -l */*|grep '^d'| awk '{print $NF}'|sort|uniq| wc -l

I get 499 typefaces...well, in theory. Is "TeX comes with 500 fonts" 
anywhere near acceptable (modulo the abuse of the word "fonts")?


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