For a project, I intend to use TeX as a “backend” to layout and generate PDF, i. e., my program would emit core-TeX code to be immediately compiled. I think that means I just need
xetex + dvipdf and their minimal dependencies.
TeXLive, however, does not seem to account for such a use-case; even a minimal installation as described in a previous question contains
bibtex, various dvi drivers, and some other things that I don’t think are all strictly necessary.
Is it possible to achieve my goal without having to manually prune such an installation?
Thanks for your help!