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Cygwin's TeX Live packages have been updated to the latest upstream release, 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


And see


for a list of changes since TeX Live 2016.

The TeX Live executables and supporting libraries are contained in the following Cygwin packages:

* texlive-20170520-1

* libkpathsea6-20170520-1
* libkpathsea-devel-20170520-1

libkpathsea is a TeX file and path search library.

* libptexenc1-20170520-1
* libptexenc-devel-20170520-1

libptexenc is a TeX Unicode encoding library.

* libsync1-20170520-1
* libsync-devel-20170520-1

libsync is a TeX source/output synchronization library.

* libtexlua52_5-20170520-1
* libtexlua52-devel-20170520-1

libtexlua52 is a TeX lua scripting library.

* libtexluajit2-20170520-1
* libtexluajit-devel-20170520-1

libtexluajit is a TeX Just-In-Time lua compiler library.

* asymptote-2.41-1

Asymptote is a powerful descriptive vector graphics language for technical drawing, inspired by MetaPost but with an improved C++-like syntax. Asymptote provides for figures the same high-quality typesetting that LaTeX does for scientific text.

In addition, 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-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-basic-doc-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-bibtexextra-20170520-1 (TEST)
* texlive-collection-bibtexextra-doc-20170520-1 (TEST)
* texlive-collection-binextra-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-binextra-doc-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-context-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-context-doc-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-fontsextra-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-fontsextra-doc-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-fontsrecommended-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-fontsrecommended-doc-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-fontutils-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-fontutils-doc-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-formatsextra-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-games-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-humanities-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-humanities-doc-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-langarabic-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-langchinese-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-langcjk-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-langcyrillic-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-langczechslovak-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-langenglish-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-langeuropean-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-langfrench-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-langgerman-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-langgreek-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-langitalian-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-langjapanese-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-langkorean-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-langother-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-langpolish-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-langportuguese-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-langspanish-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-latex-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-latex-doc-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-latexextra-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-latexextra-doc-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-latexrecommended-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-latexrecommended-doc-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-luatex-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-luatex-doc-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-mathscience-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-mathscience-doc-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-metapost-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-metapost-doc-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-music-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-music-doc-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-pictures-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-pictures-doc-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-plaingeneric-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-plaingeneric-doc-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-pstricks-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-pstricks-doc-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-publishers-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-publishers-doc-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-xetex-20170520-1
* texlive-collection-xetex-doc-20170520-1

There has been some (upstream) rearrangement of the collections since the previous release:

- The langafrican and langindic collections have been absorbed by langother.

 - The omega collection has been absorbed by formatsextra.

- The plainextra, genericrecommended, and genericextra collections have merged into a new collection, plaingeneric.

- The htmlxml collection has been removed. Its constituent upstream packages have been moved into other collections, as follows:

   jadetex, passivetex, xmltex, xmltexconfig --> formatsextra
   classpack --> latexextra
   lwarp --> latexrecommended
   tex4ht --> plaingeneric

The bibtexextra collection is marked as a test release because it includes biblatex-3.7; the latter is designed to work with biber-2.7, which is not yet available in the Cygwin distribution because it requires at least perl-5.24. I will update biber to 2.7 as soon as Cygwin's perl is updated, probably in about a month.

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.

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

Small: 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.

Medium: Install texlive-collection-binextra, texlive-collection-context, texlive-collection-fontsrecommended, texlive-collection-fontutils, texlive-collection-latexrecommended, texlive-collection-luatex, texlive-collection-mathscience, texlive-collection-metapost, texlive-collection-plaingeneric, and 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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