[OS X TeX] Fwd: Squeezing MacTex onto a Macbook Air

Peter Dyballa Peter_Dyballa at Web.DE
Fri May 27 16:19:13 EDT 2011

Am 27.05.2011 um 20:58 schrieb Bob:

> I want to use Mactex on a Mac Air that only has a 64 GB disk so  
> every GB
> counts.

You can save (free) quite a lot of disk space by removing the unused  
language localisations. You can also start with a basic MacTeX  
installation and "strip" the universal binaries, i.e., remove the PPC  
part. Then you can start to add with TLU or tlmgr, the command line  
tool, one after the other package you miss or need from the whole list  
of TeX Live 2010 packages. You can also set up TeX (or try to, I don't  
know whether it might work) to use the real Adobe fonts (Times,  
Helvetica, Courier, ..., Symbol, Zapf Dingbats), i.e., not to embed  
them into the PDF output files because every PDF reader has to support  
this set of fonts, so you could remove the urw++ font substitutes.

You can also insert more RAM (I presume) and avoid that large swap  
space gets allocated on disk.



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