For TeX typesetting, just plain TeX is enough for my purposes. I don't use LaTeX, nor do I want to download a full teTeX installation. I find the following set of packages is sufficient:
This provides plain TeX, xdvi, mf, dvips and ps2pdf. This set of packages is "complete" in that it has no other package dependencies. As the pkgsrc collection is continually being changed, the necessary packages may not be the same by the time you read this.
The total size of the .tgz files for these packages is about 55 MB, which is "lightweight" compared to teTeX which weighs in at 237 MB.
For context, the above works on NetBSD 5.1.2 release i386, and I suspect it should work for any NetBSD 5.*. I have not tried 6 beta. The packages are available from: