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The MikTeX installation has a huge number of files which causes issues with my file system(bloats it). Is there any distribution that has a solid (and portable) installation so that essentially it is either one file or a mountable file.

I'd like to have a portable (but upgradable) installation that is a few files. (similarly with cygwin, as it takes up over 4x the size on a ReFS system and is very slow to delete because of it's 100k's of files).

I guess I could install the system to a small drive dedicated to it if necessary. I tried the MikTeX portable but found it had issues.

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closed as unclear what you're asking by Joseph Wright Jan 11 '14 at 9:44

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Have you tried the portable version: mirrors.ctan.org/systems/win32/miktex/setup/… – azetina Dec 2 '13 at 23:16
See tug.org/texlive/doc/texlive-en/texlive-en.html#tlportable for texlive portable – azetina Dec 2 '13 at 23:17
@azetina: Yes, I did that first but couldn't even get the xelatex template in the tex editor to compile. I just stumboled on the portable install. I'm sure though, it will install a bunch of files. I will try to install to a USB drive and hope that works. (probably very slow to use though) – user14448 Dec 2 '13 at 23:21
May be Knoppix Linux Distro on USB/portable drive. See Does standalone LaTeX exist ? – texenthusiast Dec 3 '13 at 2:54
By 'solid' do you mean 'a single file' or 'stable/reliable'? The latter should not be a problem, but the way TeX systems work means that they always have lots of files. – Joseph Wright Dec 3 '13 at 7:03

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