[XeTeX] "Minimalist" TeX?

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Wed May 16 17:47:45 CEST 2012

On May 15, 2012, at 11:38 PM, C Y wrote:

> I have compiled xetex from the latest Git sources on sourceforge, and the build appears to have been successful.
> Does the sourceforge Git repo of xetex produce a working (albeit minimal) TeX once compilation is complete?  (It didn't seem to in my quick test, but it's quite possible I didn't do something right environment wise...)  If not, is there documentation anywhere of what constitutes the minimal set of files that will allow an average LaTeX document to be typeset?
> My interest is in building a "Minimalist" subset of TeX in situations where a system installation isn't present, but I've not had much luck locating documentation describing what constitutes a minimal-yet-functional subset of the TeX Live distribution.  Has anybody documented such a subset?
> Thanks,
> CY


If you happen to be on a Mac there is a BasicTeX installer that is a small subset of TeX Live. Take a look at <http://www.tug.org/mactex/2011/morepackages.html>.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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