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Debian-specific information about TeX packages
Chapter 1 - Overview of the packages


The Debian TeX Live packages are comprised of (currently) 80 packages in total. The most important are:

texlive-base-bin

provides the basic binaries and basic TeX input files

texlive-latex-base

provides the most basic LaTeX input files, and will be sufficient for some simple documents

texlive-latex-recommended

a recommended set of LaTeX packages which are sufficient for most typesetting purposes if you don't have any special requirements

texlive-fonts-recommended

a recommended set of fonts which are sufficient for most typesetting purposes if you don't have any special requirements

texlive

a meta-package depending on a decent selection of packages, comprising all of the above

texlive-full

a meta-package depending on all packages from the TeX Live group and on some other packages to create something similar to a full TeX Live installation

texlive-doc-*

packages like texlive-doc-en and texlive-doc-de provide documentation in the respective language

texlive-lang-*

packages like texlive-lang-dutch and texlive-lang-spanish provide language-specific support, like hyphenation patterns

There are many more packages, providing extra functionality and extra fonts. Please see the respective descriptions of these packages.


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Debian-specific information about TeX packages

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