Alternative to TeXLive

I use Lyx for my daily work. Lyx is a user-interface for TeXLive. I noticed that TeXLive is quite heavy because it includes all TeX packages by default. It takes about 4 GB space in my disk, probably larger than the Fedora system. Additionally, the compilation of LaTeX is pretty slow.

I would like to know if there is any plan of creating an alternative to TexLive to reduce its size and improve its compilation time.


This is why you’re install all TeXLive package in :fedora:,

Let’s see a few:

  • texlive-scheme-full.noarch : full scheme (everything)
  • texlive-scheme-gust.noarch : GUST TeX Live scheme
  • texlive-scheme-basic.noarch : basic scheme (plain and latex)
  • texlive-scheme-small.noarch : small scheme (basic + xetex, metapost, a few languages)
  • texlive-scheme-tetex.noarch : teTeX scheme (more than medium, but nowhere near full)
  • texlive-scheme-medium.noarch : medium scheme (small + more packages and languages)
  • texlive-scheme-context.noarch : ConTeXt scheme
  • texlive-scheme-minimal.noarch : minimal scheme (plain only)

The most important are these:

sudo dnf install texlive-scheme-basic
sudo dnf install texlive-scheme-medium
sudo dnf install texlive-scheme-full

The best pratice is install basic, and next the modules as you need them that will greatly reduce the size.



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