[tex-live] Profile-based install: scheme plus selected extras?

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Fri Sep 25 00:49:12 CEST 2015

On 2015-09-24 at 10:21:30 +0100, Joseph Wright wrote:

 > Hello all,
 > The documentation for using the -profile option with install-tl says the
 > best way to make a profile is to start from one from a successful manual
 > install. However, the installer interface doesn't seem to allow
 > selection of a scheme plus 'extras', so I'm not sure what goes into a
 > profile to achieve the equivalent of
 >     ./install-tl -scheme scheme-basic
 >      [path]/tlmgr install [list of extra packages]
 > I don't really want to use a bigger scheme, but the above seems a bit
 > inefficient: if I can get the installer to do everything there's only
 > one hash/format build phase.
 > What do I need in a profile to make that work?

Hi Joseph,
after you've chosen an installation scheme you can go to the
collections menu and enable additional collections.

A scheme is a set of collections and some schemes also contain a few
packages.  It's not possible to add/remove packages but you can always
add or remove collections.   

Instead of selecting a particular scheme you can go as well straight
to the collections menu, disable all collections ("-" key), and select
the collections you need.

If you think that installing a complete collection (though you only
need a few packages) consumes too much time, consider to write a shell
script which first invokes the installer in order to install a basic
scheme and then runs tlmgr in order to install extra packages.


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