[tex-live] scheme modern

Philipp Stephani st_philipp at yahoo.de
Thu Jan 6 15:11:07 CET 2011

Am 06.01.2011 um 13:50 schrieb Zdenek Wagner:

> I have scheme-full installed. The size of the whole texmf-dist is 2.4
> GB

Which is almost nothing when measured by today's standards (on the computer I use at work, I could theoretically install the full scheme 800 times on the hard disk, or 20 times in the main memory), but still there are people who complain about this size:


> These are the sizes:
> du -sh /usr/local/texlive/2010/texmf-dist/*
> 15M     /usr/local/texlive/2010/texmf-dist/bibtex

Mostly obsoleted by biblatex/biber.

> 284K    /usr/local/texlive/2010/texmf-dist/context

Only 284K? That is probably only the part that LaTeX has "stolen."

> 1.2G    /usr/local/texlive/2010/texmf-dist/doc

Useful, has to stay. Lots of documentation is good, but I wonder whether in the future we should write HTML manuals instead of PDF, which would be more user-friendly (no fixed layout, better hypertext capabilities, JavaScript) and require less space.

> 4.5M    /usr/local/texlive/2010/texmf-dist/dvips

Not required any more

> 863M    /usr/local/texlive/2010/texmf-dist/fonts

Only OpenType fonts are required

> 1.4M    /usr/local/texlive/2010/texmf-dist/ls-R

Needed for infrastructure (but it is a design flaw, namespaces mapped to directories would have been better)

> 276K    /usr/local/texlive/2010/texmf-dist/makeindex

Replaced by Xindy

> 484K    /usr/local/texlive/2010/texmf-dist/metafont

Replaced by FontForge

> 2.7M    /usr/local/texlive/2010/texmf-dist/metapost

Is in active development, so should stay

> 36K     /usr/local/texlive/2010/texmf-dist/mft

See metafont

> 2.1M    /usr/local/texlive/2010/texmf-dist/omega

Obsolete, included in LuaTeX

> 256K    /usr/local/texlive/2010/texmf-dist/pbibtex

What's this?

> 6.1M    /usr/local/texlive/2010/texmf-dist/scripts

Mostly infrastructure

> 183M    /usr/local/texlive/2010/texmf-dist/source

Very few people need the sources

> 172M    /usr/local/texlive/2010/texmf-dist/tex

Most packages are still useful even in newer engines

> 22M     /usr/local/texlive/2010/texmf-dist/tex4ht

Not used by many

> 4.0K    /usr/local/texlive/2010/texmf-dist/vtex

What's that?

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