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TeX Live 2011


Upgrade TeX Live to at least 2011. Use packaging based on upstream metadata and don't use monolithic build any more.


Current status

  • Targeted release: Fedora 17
  • Last updated: 2011-11-06
  • Percentage of completion: 60%

Detailed Description

TeX Live uses uses its own classification of TeX packages which can be automated and used by packaging systems in various distributions. The packaging metadata that upstream provides allows to distinguish doc, source and runtime files which could then be packaged separately.

Benefit to Fedora

A better packaging scheme allows to reduce bandwidth and save significant disc space. It also allows simpler maintenance of separate TeX packages.


Requires packaging or testing and/or enhancements in fedora infrastructure, currently 1627 new packages are to be reviewed and added.

How To Test

TeX Live 2011

Please use these repositories:

Fedora 14:

# rpm -i

Fedora 15:

# rpm -i

Fedora 16:

# rpm -i

The package contains repo file for yum which contains TeX Live with binaries. After installing the release package do:

# yum clean all
# yum install texlive

if you don't have texlive already installed. Otherwise you can update your old TeX Live 2007 installation like:

# yum clean all
# yum update

This will install the basic TeX Live scheme. You can alternatively install any of these schemes: texlive-scheme-basic texlive-scheme-context texlive-scheme-full texlive-scheme-gust texlive-scheme-medium texlive-scheme-minimal texlive-scheme-tetex texlive-scheme-xml

or various pre-set TeX Live collections, the list is here:

You are also able to install a particular style via:

# yum install 'tex(epsfig.sty)'

There are possible clashes with applications packaged separately (such as dvipdfmx, etc.) so we may want to discuss these conflicts with respective fedora package maintainers to fix them. In case you are a maintainer of such package please send me an email to me so that we can sort it out on the TeX Live side. Generally the TeX Live packages are preferred so I will grant access to them to maintainers that owned the non-TeX Live package variant packaged separately.

User Experience

Users could use exactly the part of TeX they need without wasting disc space.


  1. need to do a license audit - done automatically because upstream metadata contains codes for package licenses
  2. need mass review for all packages before this feature is completed - DONE
  3. import of all of the ~1600 packages need to be finished
  4. all of the packages need to be built

Contingency Plan

Stay stuck with TeX Live 2007.



Release Notes

TeX Live 2011 is now introduced with improved packaging scheme that saves download bandwidth and disc size. It is based on upstream packaging metadata and an automated license audit is performed. Packages are now composed from schemes and collections to define a package set user needs to install to use a particular TeX Live feature.

Comments and Discussion

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