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Portable minimal distribution

Are there any portable minimal latex/xelatex distributions? I know of MikTeX portable, but at 130MBs it is far from minimal. Alternatively, can I easily make my own distribution? What I would like to ...
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How to figure out which distribution a package is in?

I just installed TeX Live on my Mac with Macports. I wanted to use the enumitem package and was told that LaTeX couldn't find the file when I tried to compile. I installed the texlive-basic ...
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Is there a way to detect from inside a package that MiKTeX is used?

Is there a way to detect that the MiKTeX TeX LaTeX executable is used? Something like \ifmiktex or even \IfFileExists{<some file only present in MiKTeX>}{}{}? The reason is that in one of my ...
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In LaTeX distribution, which files are the mandatory files to compile a minimal LaTeX input file?

Assume I want to create an application working together with LaTeX compiler behind the scene. For the sake of simplicity, assume I also use minimal document class and no package imported. At the ...
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Is there a (La)TeX distribution running on iPad?

Is there a (La)TeX distribution running on iPad?
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LaTeX for netbook OSes

I'm considering buying a netbook for the express purpose of writing maths notes/articles (so as to not heft my Macbook around), hence (La)TeX is a must. The most obvious choice is to work with Linux, ...
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What is the minimum distribution for LaTeX

I am using LaTeX to document a system I am developing. The system is itself a development environment which will be generating documentation. What is the minimum distribution I need to include in my ...
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LaTeX - Portable Editing Environment

I have a TeX document which I want to edit and make sure it's rendered correctly. Which means I need an Editor with Preview window. I searched over the Internet. There's too much info and I can't get ...
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Protext 64-bit executables for Windows

I'm on Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit. Are there 64-bit executables for Windows? I'm using the proTeXt TeX distribution: http://www.tug.org/protext/
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Is there a common set of packages that is available in every distribution?

Or at least in most distributions...
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Why is the MacTeX distribution so large? Is there anything smaller for OS X?

I would like to know how to install LaTeX on Mac 10.6 or higher. But the MacTeX is some 1.28 GB file! Is there a smaller distribution I could install? What exactly is TeX Live?
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What do I need in order to use TeX on Windows as an eventual replacement for Word?

What do I need in order to use TeX on Windows as an eventual replacement for Word? What software is available for Windows for WYSIWYG editing of TeX files?