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I wanted to install sympy so when I typed

sudo apt-get install python-sympy

I get the following output:

The following NEW packages will be installed:
    dvipng fonts-cabin fonts-comfortaa fonts-droid fonts-freefont-otf
    fonts-gfs-artemisia fonts-gfs-complutum fonts-gfs-didot
    fonts-gfs-neohellenic fonts-gfs-olga fonts-gfs-solomos fonts-inconsolata
    fonts-junicode fonts-lato fonts-linuxlibertine fonts-oflb-asana-math
    fonts-sil-gentium fonts-sil-gentium-basic fonts-stix otf-freefont
    python-sympy texlive-fonts-extra texlive-fonts-extra-doc texlive-xetex
Need to get 228 MB of archives.
After this operation, 524 MB of additional disk space will be used.

Do I need all these fonts? I think that is what is increasing the size so much. If I don't need them how do I install python-sympy without the fonts.

As far as I can tell this is the page for the package python-sympy and it doesn't seem to depend / recommend the packages above.

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texlive-fonts-extra pulls in all the other fonts. While I'm not familiar with sympy, I looked at its webpage and will note that when I use to write papers in college, the largest consumer of disk space was all the fonts necessary for producing high quality text with mathematical symbols.

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