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I am running LaTeX on a Linux VM. I am running a Xubuntu and have very little space to use. I managed to install some of the latex packages without documentation.

Currently I am missing fullpage amongst others.

I am looking to install texlive-latex-extra but it is asking for 200 MB of space. I am good with using latex, so I can live without the documentation.

Is there a way to do this in apt-get ?


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The Apt-based packages are big, no way around it. If you are proficient enough a user of LaTeX, you probably know which packages you need to use well enough; so I'd install them (and only them) from CTAN. Then, if space gets really tight (e.g., the oberdiek bundle is about 30 MB, I think), you can also delete the documentation as you need. Installing .tds.zip packaged files is super-easy, by the way. –  jon Aug 8 '12 at 18:39

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texlive-latex-extra-doc is a recommended, but not hard, dependency for texlive-latex-extra and the latter can be installed without the former. For example, on a Debian-based GNU/Linux distribution, you can install texlive-latex-extra without the recommended -doc dependency using sudo apt-get --no-install-recommends install texlive-latex-extra. In fact, the following (long command) does an almost-full installation of texlive with suggested packages, without the bulky -docs and may be useful for systems with limited disk space.

sudo apt-get --no-install-recommends install \
texlive-{base,bibtex-extra,extra-utils,generic-recommended, \
fonts-recommended,font-utils,latex-base,latex-recommended, \
latex-extra,math-extra,pictures,pstricks,science} \
perl-tk purifyeps chktex latexmk dvipng xindy dvidvi \
fragmaster lacheck latexdiff libfile-which-perl dot2tex \
tipa latex-xcolor latex-beamer prosper pgf
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In short, no. The best solution here is to download the packages you really need, and get rid of the documentation. This will ensure that you use the minimal space, and do not download unneeded packages.

An interesting complement to this question would be: what is the minimal set of packages not in the default Ubuntu texlive that you can't live without?

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This is not true. apt-get --no-install-recommends does what the OP is looking for. Please see my answer below. –  Omid Sep 8 '13 at 22:00

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