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[ANNOUNCEMENT] TeX Live 2016 collections

Cygwin's TeX Live collections have been updated to the latest upstream release of TeX Live 2016. The latter was frozen as of 2017-04-12 in preparation for the pretest of TeX Live 2017.

TeX Live provides a comprehensive, cross-platform TeX system. It includes all the major TeX-related programs, macro packages, and fonts that are free software, including support for many languages around the world. For more information, see

Upstream TeX Live provides thousands of "packages", grouped into "collections". There is a Cygwin package for each upstream collection; there are also Cygwin packages containing documentation for some of the collections.

* texlive-collection-basic-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-basic-doc-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-bibtexextra-20170412-1 (TEST)
* texlive-collection-bibtexextra-doc-20170412-1 (TEST)
* texlive-collection-binextra-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-binextra-doc-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-context-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-context-doc-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-fontsextra-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-fontsextra-doc-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-fontsrecommended-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-fontsrecommended-doc-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-fontutils-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-fontutils-doc-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-formatsextra-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-games-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-genericextra-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-genericextra-doc-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-genericrecommended-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-genericrecommended-doc-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-htmlxml-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-humanities-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-humanities-doc-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-langafrican-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-langarabic-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-langchinese-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-langcjk-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-langcyrillic-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-langczechslovak-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-langenglish-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-langeuropean-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-langfrench-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-langgerman-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-langgreek-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-langindic-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-langitalian-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-langjapanese-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-langkorean-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-langother-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-langpolish-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-langportuguese-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-langspanish-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-latex-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-latex-doc-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-latexextra-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-latexextra-doc-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-latexrecommended-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-latexrecommended-doc-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-luatex-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-luatex-doc-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-mathscience-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-mathscience-doc-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-metapost-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-metapost-doc-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-music-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-music-doc-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-omega-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-pictures-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-pictures-doc-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-plainextra-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-pstricks-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-pstricks-doc-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-publishers-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-publishers-doc-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-xetex-20170412-1
* texlive-collection-xetex-doc-20170412-1

The mathscience collection is new; it is a combination of the old mathextra and science collections.

The bibtexextra collection is marked as a test release because it includes biblatex-3.7, which is designed to work with biber-2.7. In order to use it, you will have to install the test release of perl-5.24 and then build biber-2.7 yourself. I can provide instructions if anyone wants to do this.

Most people do not need the full TeX Live installation, which is huge and can take a long time to install. If you're not sure what you need, here are some possible ways to start:

Minimal: Install texlive and its dependencies. This provides plain TeX but not LaTeX.

Small: Install texlive-collection-latex and its dependencies. This is a minimal installation with LaTeX.

Standard: Install texlive-collection-latexrecommended and its dependencies. This provides the most commonly used non-graphics LaTeX packages. Install texlive-collection-pictures if you want the standard graphics packages too.

If you want or need more, consider installing some of the following:

* texlive-collection-binextra
* texlive-collection-context
* texlive-collection-fontsrecommended
* texlive-collection-fontutils
* texlive-collection-genericrecommended
* texlive-collection-luatex
* texlive-collection-mathscience
* texlive-collection-metapost
* texlive-collection-plainextra
* texlive-collection-xetex

There is a script /usr/bin/texlive-enable-fontconfig that you can run if you want the fonts distributed with TeX Live to be available to applications that rely on fontconfig. See /usr/share/doc/texlive/README.Cygwin for more details. (The script can take a few minutes to run, so be patient.)

texlive-collection-basic includes a restricted version of the tlmgr (TeX Live Manager) utility. See /usr/share/doc/texlive-collection-basic/README.Cygwin for more details.

Ken Brown
Cygwin's TeX Live maintainer

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