[pdftex] Very basic questions on pdfTeX installation

Mark Wroth mark at astrid.upland.ca.us
Sat Jan 6 03:16:48 CET 2007

Some general comments:

    * PDFTeX is TeX plus ... you (incidentally) get a standard
      installation of TeX, plus the ability to generate PDF directly. 
      That makes it slightly /more/ complicated at some levels.
    * On the other hand, you only need PDF software to display the
      output, so instead of (at least) one dvi-2-screen converter and
      (at least) one dvi-to-print converter, you only need your PDF reader
    * Size will be driven by choices you make about "ancillary" files --
      fonts and style files.  My installation is about 412 MB in just
      under 20,000 files -- but if you were trimming it for minimum
      footprint it could be a lot smaller (at the loss of some options)

Michel Cotourier wrote:
> Greetings to all,
> I'm interested in setting up pdfTeX on a mobile device on Linux. Could 
> someone give me a rough idea as to how much disk space is required? Also, is 
> the installation smoother than for full TeX systems?
> Thanks a lot in advance.
> Cheers,
> Michel
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