[tex-live] scheme modern

Khaled Hosny khaledhosny at eglug.org
Thu Jan 6 13:18:15 CET 2011

On Thu, Jan 06, 2011 at 11:38:32AM +0100, Zdenek Wagner wrote:
> 2011/1/6 Uwe Siart <usenet at siart.de>:
> > Arno Trautmann <Arno.Trautmann at gmx.de> writes:
> >
> >> I was wondering if it might be considered for the next TeXlive (2011 I
> >> hope) to provide an installation scheme "modern". This could be a
> >> scheme providing everything needed to work with, say, XeLaTeX,
> >> luaLaTeX, ConTeXt Mk IV etc. but drops a (quite large) number of old,
> >> deprecated packages (e.g. inputenc/fontenc for LaTeX).
> >
> > I'd call such a scheme "beta" rather than "modern". IMO the time is by
> > far not ripe to designate LaTeX and its packages "old and deprecated".
> >
> >> (I'm /not/ suggesting to drop those packages at all from TeXlive!)
> >
> I am not sure whether such a scheme will save much space. Of course
> you will not need fontenc and inputenc. In unix systems you will not
> save space by removing executables bcause they are just hard links.
> Almost all packages are shared. For instance, hyperref is a large
> package and it works with all engines, the same applies for TikZ. I
> think you probably save just a few megabytes but lose possibility to
> process someone else's files that assume LaTeX with inputenc and
> fontenc.

In my texlive install, the largest directory is fonts/type1, so I guess
one can save quite some space by dropping most of these fonts (a good
number of them is already duplicated at otf or ttf fonts, or even
supplied by OS distribution).


 Khaled Hosny
 Arabic localiser and member of Arabeyes.org team
 Free font developer

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