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I don't have much experience with low-level LaTeX. MiKTeX (my version is basic-miktex-2.9.3972) always installed needed packages "on-the-fly".

Trying to compile a document using 1.0.1 version of flashcards package (available at ctan), I encountered the following error

! Undefined control sequence.
\reserved@b ...@onefilewithoptions #1[{\cardpaper 
                                                  }][{}]\noexpand \@pkgexten...

That led me to inspect the flashcards.cls file in tex/latex/Flashcards, and notice \cardpaper option in not defined in that document. After that, I manually downloaded flashcards.dtx file from ctan and compiled it twice, to produce configuration files avery5371.cfg and avery5388.cfg, as well as the documentation file.

When the configuration files are present with my source file, the document compiles without problems

My question: Is this "normal" behaviour (expecting that I should compile required parts of the package manually)?

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A better title would be "Flashcards class installed incompletely on MiKTeX". Apparently the class (.cls) is installed, otherwise you would get a different error. Also please do net refer to .cls or .sty files as documents, because that's confusing. – Martin Scharrer Feb 18 '11 at 13:37
Thank you for your useful advice. English is not my first language, but I should be more careful. The flashcards package version is 1.0.1. – ipavlic Feb 18 '11 at 13:43
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No, you are not expected to compile required parts manually.

This seems to be an mistake with the MikTeX package of flashcards. The .cfg files were simply not included (I checked the MikTeX archive file on CTAN). You should contact the MikTeX team and tell them about the missing files.

For future questions: Please post not only the version number of MikTeX but the version(s) of the used package(s). Both are independent. At best you update all packages beforehand.

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