I do not want to install the full TeX Live in macOS 13.2 with an M1 chip, I just want to use this command:

tlmgr install scheme-small

to install only required packages with minimal disk usage. Is it possible to use tlmgr to install a small LaTeX collection? If so, how? I did not find anyone talking about this. I only found this command to install a full distribution: brew install texlive

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You can install the BasicTeX distribution which is very small and then use tlmgr to install any other packages you need. Since Homebrew simply runs these installers there’s no advantage to using it to install TeX Live on a Mac.

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