I'd like to make a private installation in Linux of (part of) TikZ, in order to be able to \usetikzlibrary{decorations.markings} (note that I cannot update my TeX distrubution, which has already a basic version of TikZ).

I know some info is here, but I'd like a simple string of shell commands; also I'd like to know how much space this would take.

Up to now, I've done mkdir ~/texmf.

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    You download pgf cvs here : pgf.sourceforge.net/pgf_CVS.tds.zip then you add the folders doc and tex in ~/texmf – Alain Matthes Feb 25 '14 at 15:58
  • @PaulGessler it's always interesting to use this method because in the next months a cvs version will be developed – Alain Matthes Apr 1 '14 at 7:19
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    @AlainMatthes That's a useful method but I'm not sure it is appropriate here. The OP wants to use decorations.markings. That is available at least in TeX Live 2011. So there isn't really any reason to think the OP wants the cutting edge version, is there? It sounds more like the OP has a small TeX installation which includes only a subset of PGF/TiKZ. – cfr Mar 8 '15 at 2:48

CW from the comments:

The bleeding-edge development version of TikZ/pgf is available from Sourceforge (direct .zip download link). This is a TDS-compliant archive that can be unzipped in your system's TEXMFHOME directory (usually ~/texmf: find it for certain using kpsewhich -var-value TEXMFHOME on the terminal).

Once placed here, all features (and bugs/regressions!) of the development version will be available on your system.

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