I want to install pdfLatex to use with Pandoc. I know this is included with Tex Live and MikeTex. I am trying to install Tex Live and I would like to select a scheme which is smaller than the full scheme. Which ones include pdfLatex?
When installing texlive you can choose between these installations:
Select scheme: =============================================================================== a [X] full scheme (everything) b [ ] medium scheme (small + more packages and languages) c [ ] small scheme (basic + xetex, metapost, a few languages) d [ ] basic scheme (plain and latex)
All of them should include the enginge pdfLaTeX, I'd be very surprised, if even basic only had LaTeX.
However, for years I've been installing a customized version: I don't need many languages (english, german and french), but I like having all packages, because you never know.