[Tex/LaTex] How best to run LaTeX on a system with few resources


I've been running LaTeX for about a decade on my Macs and I've picked up a Dell Chromebook for travelling (to install Linux via Crouton). Pretty much the only reason to do this over a tablet is that I want a proper LaTeX installation on it. The CB has only 2GB RAM and a 16 GB hard drive so I need to be careful with resources.

Question: any recommended way to keep the LaTeX size in check or otherwise optimize my setup so I can happily write and compile? This is a working computer so if I can run LaTeX smoothly, I'm happy.

I've only ever run the odd command line command so advice would be very welcome on how to install via command line (on Linux) so I get full packages (so I'm self contained for travel and minimal internet access) but without all the disk hogging documentation.

I was able to install with the command: sudo apt-get install texlive AND sudo apt-get install texlive-full but not fully certain either of these is quite what I was after. (Not sure how to verify.) I want full packages but no documentation. Suggestions?


Best Answer

If you install vanilla texlive via the command line (e.g. from https://www.tug.org/texlive/acquire-netinstall.html) you can de-select things like documentation and languages you don't need. At the bottom you will always see the required size for your selection:

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