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Re: [groff] MacTeX (was: groff and pipes)

From: Douglas Johnson
Subject: Re: [groff] MacTeX (was: groff and pipes)
Date: Wed, 7 Aug 2019 09:32:30 -0400
User-agent: Mutt/1.12.1 (2019-06-15)

On Aug 07, 2019, at 08:40, John Gardner wrote:

Installing TeX on macOS also requires a 3.9 GB download of the full MacTeX distribution, whereas Groff's source tree doesn't even consume that much space...

Installing the full MacTeX distribution does indeed require around 4 GB of space. One can also choose to install the BasicTeX distribution, which is a subset of the full distribution that provides only the essential components. The size of the BasicTeX distribution is 110 MB.

As the difference in size indicates, BasicTeX lacks most of the packages that have accumulated around TeX in the last forty years. That absence may or may not matter to you, depending on your needs. BasicTeX provides functionality for installing missing packages manually.

More information BasicTeX and the differences between the two distributions may be found here:


Douglas Johnson

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