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I found that verbatimbox.sty is not directly available in the now frozen TeX Live 2012. Having a \usepackage{verbatimbox} generates a verbatimbox.sty not found message on compilation. I can see that there is only a verbatimbox-r15878.tar.xz in the location c:\texlive\2012\tlpkg\backups on a Windows machine.

In contrast, the package verbatimbox is in its decompressed form and verbatimbox.sty is available in the fresh distribution from a TeX Live 2012 ISO from TUG (from last year).

Anyone else who has noticed this? Any work around?

It doesn't seem that the package maintainer Steven B. Segletes has a contact email address.

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As such it's available on MiKTeX only due to license(may be), nevertheless place it a folder respecting TeX directory structure to make it available to all .tex files or otherwise place in same working folder. – texenthusiast Apr 15 '13 at 6:02
Looking at ctan.org/pkg/verbatimbox, I'd say it was removed for license reasons. – Joseph Wright Apr 15 '13 at 6:03
@JosephWright The author is quite active on this site can you ping steven-b-segletes ? I suspect it is just an oversight that no licence is included. – David Carlisle Apr 15 '13 at 9:02
I was unaware of a problem @JosephWright. I have uploaded V2.01 today to CTAN with an LPPL license prominantly displayed. Not sure how this works its way in TeX Live. – Steven B. Segletes Apr 15 '13 at 9:52
@ Steven B. Segletes. Thanks. I think then I can download the latest version and place it in the TexLive 2012 directory. I have to check from the distribution from the last year iso release of TeXLive how to properly place the files belonging to verbatimbox. 1 vote up. – yCalleecharan Apr 15 '13 at 10:52
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Due to the CTAN-page of the package the verbatimbox package has an

Un­known Sta­tus, No In­for­ma­tion Avail­able

as for license information. TeX Live is removing all these packages from their repositories to provide a bundle with only software licensed under free licenses. This is necessary to make Linux distributions like Debian that have a quite restrictive license policy to include TeX Live into their repositories.

The package is auto-removed by the update mechanism of TeX Live, so it will be in the backup directory of TeX Live. The ISO-image was produced before the removal so the package is included. To use it, copy it from backup into you texmf-local or ~/.texmf directory, or download it from CTAN.

Edit: Due to the comments below by @texenthusiast, I found out that in Windows it is possible to restore packages from backup in the TeX Live Manager GUI with an option in the Actions menu. The same should be possible also by the command line tlmgr tool (see documentation).

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on Windows is restore backup style possible ? as OP is on Win – texenthusiast Apr 15 '13 at 6:15
Thanks. I do also have the first iso release of TexLive 2012 installed in parallel with the frozen TexLive 2012. Perhaps I can just copy the appropriate files from the first iso release and place it in the frozen distribution and afterwards refresh the new distribution database. 1 vote up. – yCalleecharan Apr 15 '13 at 6:29
@yCalleecharan This should work as expected. Mention to run mktexlsr after copying the files to make them available. – Stephan Lukasczyk Apr 15 '13 at 6:30
@texenthusiast In TeX Live Manager GUI there is an option in the Actions menu bar to restore the backup packages. This should work. I have just a plain installation for tests in an Windows VM, where nothing is in backup, so I can't test it for you :( – Stephan Lukasczyk Apr 15 '13 at 6:37
@StephanLukasczyk Thanks you may absorb the comments inside answer with * Windows Users are welcome to test and add here. – texenthusiast Apr 15 '13 at 6:38

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