LyX download size

irlandes brucemcgovern at
Wed Apr 4 14:33:27 UTC 2012

Here is the list of LyX dependencies on 10.04, list obtained by apt-get
remove and then cancel:

The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer
  texlive-extra-utils texlive-base texlive-pictures-doc
texlive-fonts-recommended doc-base texlive-pstricks-doc dvipng lmodern
  texlive-latex-extra-doc libaiksaurus-1.2-0c2a texlive-pstricks luatex
preview-latex-style ttf-lyx prosper tipa
  texlive-latex-recommended-doc texlive-latex-base-doc libkpathsea5
libboost-signals1.40.0 libt1-5 libaiksaurus-1.2-data texlive-latex-extra
  texlive-binaries lyx-common libmldbm-perl libuuid-perl pgf
texlive-latex-recommended texlive-generic-recommended texlive-latex-base
  texlive-fonts-recommended-doc libfreezethaw-perl ps2eps latex-beamer
texlive-luatex texlive-font-utils latex-xcolor texlive-doc-base
  tex-common lacheck texlive-pictures

I remember LyX as having a really big download, but don't have a
computer to dink with. I have used LyX to produce a book.

> Message: 5
> Date: Tue, 03 Apr 2012 23:04:25 +0300
> From: "Merhebi, Bob" <bobmerhebi at>
> To: ubuntu-qa at
> Subject: LyX in Precise: too big
> Message-ID: <4F7B57C9.9060308 at>
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> Hello guys,
> Today I thought i'd install LyX to test it out on Precise, but I was
> shocked with its download size. I didn't install!!!
> Here's what I asked in the LyX mailing list:
>     I've been testing Ubuntu12.04 lately & just now I 
>     was thinking of using LyX on it. TO my big surprise the LyX requires a 
>     large download of ~450 MB+. I am shocked!!! IS that the true size? If 
>     not mistaken I recall that on 10.04 it required ~ 25MB. Am I mistaken? 
>     Is there something wrong?
> And  here's two replies I got:
>     1) The download from Ubuntu was probably a debug build. These are much
>     larger than the release build. You might want to contact the Ubuntu
>     project and let them know that the build is much larger than expected.
>     Another idea is that they may have changed the LaTeX dependencies. If
>     so, it might be downloading a lot of extra TeX packages that aren't needed.
>     Regardless, I would definitely get in touch with the Ubuntu project. To
>     the best of my knowledge, they don't subscribe to this list, and it's
>     something that they will want to hear about.
>     2) I am also suspecting that your total download size contains a bunch of
>     LaTeX dependencies
> It is worth noting that LyX 2.0.3 that is currently installed on my
> Lucid (by ppa) has a total size of 10.5MB, while that in Precise's
> Software Center is about 450MB (download) & 700MB+ (install).
> So I thought I'd get your thoughts on this & on how to proceed! Who &
> how (launchpad?) should be notified about this?
> thanks
> -- 
> Sincerely Yours,
> -Merhebi, Bob
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