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Portable minimal distribution

Which files are essential to run LaTeX? Is possible for example, make a copy of these files and also of the packages used in my document to run pdfLaTeX without install all the TeXLive distribution?

I use TeXLive 2012 and Windows 8.

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Related (duplicate?) question: Portable minimal distribution –  Alan Munn Oct 26 '12 at 22:28
    
Yes, very closely related, we can make additions to that earlier question and its answers. –  Stefan Kottwitz Oct 27 '12 at 9:53
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You can use the mkjobtexmf program to get all files used by a TeX job. It's included in TeXLive 2012 (at least on Linux).

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As I understand it, doesn't this copy just the package associated files and not the binaries used to compile them? –  Alan Munn Oct 26 '12 at 22:32
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@AlanMunn: Yes. Getting all required binaries and their used shared libraries is a different problem. :-) –  Martin Schröder Oct 26 '12 at 22:35
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