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

Joseph Wright joseph.wright at morningstar2.co.uk
Fri Sep 25 08:02:27 CEST 2015

On 24/09/2015 23:49, Reinhard Kotucha wrote:
> 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.
> Regards,
>   Reinhard

Hi Reinhard,

Thanks for that: I suspected there was no package-by-package selection
in the installer. I'll stick to the minimal scheme + tlmgr.


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