How to get a SMALL (LA-)TEX Distribution on your Mac

I was reinstalling my mac the other day, when I realized, taht I needed to reinstall LATEX – but I couldn’t remember how, because I hate those giant packages with all kinds on unecessary stuff, namely MacTEX.

So I figured, no need for the big package, which is cluttered with unnecessary stuff, just install BasicTEX.

Find it on the MacTEX site and let it install the cc utility during install.

Optional: Update command line utilities via app store, as soon as it says finished twice, just to be sure, once for cc, second for basictex.

When the install is finished, you won’t find it under your Applications, but you should know where it resides: /usr/local/texlive/ 

After that you should update your TEX Live manager via terminal:

localhost:~ user$ sudo tlmgr update —self

TeX Live 2013 is frozen forever and will no

longer be updated.  This happens in preparation for a new release.

If you’re interested in helping to pretest the new release (when

pretests are available), please read http://tug.org/texlive/pretest.html.

Otherwise, just wait, and the new release will be ready in due time.

tlmgr: package repository http://sunsite.informatik.rwth-aachen.de/ftp/pub/mirror/ctan/systems/texlive/tlnet

tlmgr: saving backups to /usr/local/texlive/2013basic/tlpkg/backups

[1/1, ??:??/??:??] update: texlive.infra [205k] (30804 -> 32920) … done

tlmgr: package log updated: /usr/local/texlive/2013basic/texmf-var/web2c/tlmgr.log

running mktexlsr …

done running mktexlsr.

When done, install your needed tex packages – do this for every package you need, I prefer installing them when I need them, to avoid a big script when installing… run

localhost:~ user$ sudo tlmgr install <package name>

Now your packages should be set up, and you’re good to go.

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