As per the title, I was wondering how to install texlive-full in a user's home directory on a Linux machine (in my case, running Debian 9).

This would be very useful as a full texlive installation takes quite a lot of space (up to 6GB), and my root partition is pretty limited. Also, since it's a personal computer, I wouldn't need to share the installation with any other users.

I searched but only found what I think is a way to make a user-install of custom packages only (see e.g. [1]).

Thank you very much in advance.

[1] https://wiki.debian.org/Latex

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    Welcome to TeX.SX! Don't even try. Use the Linux installer by tug (tug.org/texlive) which installs (a) a more modern TeX Live and (b) lets you freely select the target directory while still being able to provide links to the binaries. – TeXnician May 22 '18 at 13:18

In this case, the best way is to install upstream TeX Live, in particular the (default) scheme-full (which corresponds to the Debian package texlive-full). Installation of TeX Live is straight-forward as described here. After that you should install a so called equivs package that tells the Debian packaging manager (apt) that you have a locally installed TeX Live available, see here.

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