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Why is it that I can't find any icons or shortcuts of my LaTeX installation?

I installed it using this:

$ sudo apt-get install texlive-full.

But when I look at my application, I can't locate it. When I tried to right click a .tex file and select the option of Open with other application just to find LaTeX/TeXworks, I still can't see it.

Also checked the /usr/share/texmf/ and all files are there.

I'm using 11.04 Natty.

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I don't use Ubuntu, but I think texlive-full does not include TeXworks. You could try sudo apt-get install texworks to see if it works. – Paulo Cereda Jan 28 '12 at 13:54
@PauloCereda Could you make your comment into an answer – Joseph Wright Jan 28 '12 at 14:42
@JosephWright: done. :) – Paulo Cereda Jan 28 '12 at 14:55
additional question does listings package supports .css extension files? – user1074776 Jan 28 '12 at 15:05
You can see the contents of the texlive-full package here: packages.ubuntu.com/natty/tex/texlive-full – matth Jan 28 '12 at 15:11
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You should be able to run latex from a shell. Try to make a minimal file:

Hello World!

Then save it in your home directory as test.tex and in your shell type pdflatex test. It should produce the test.pdf file. If the PDF is not created, report here what failed.

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tested it and it work. it gave me .pdf. But how can I have an IDE for this like Texworks? I thought installing texlive-full would give me an IDE like TexWorks. – user1074776 Jan 28 '12 at 13:42
I don't have Ubuntu so I can't help you specifically, but try to check this TeXWorks page to get the IDE. – yo' Jan 28 '12 at 13:54
additional question does listings package supports .css extension files? – user1074776 Jan 28 '12 at 15:05
I really don't know. And since it is unrelated to the original question, you should make it a new question thread. – yo' Jan 28 '12 at 19:45

(converting my comment to an answer)

I'm not a Ubuntu user, but I think texlive-full does not include TeXworks. You could try to install it by running:

$ sudo apt-get install texworks

Then TeXworks will be available.

Edit: Joseph Wright mentioned that the "official" TeX Live does include TeXworks, but not the texlive-full repackaged for Ubuntu. Besides, Ubuntu still uses TL2009, which does not include TeXworks.

matth mentioned that TeXworks is already available from the Ubuntu repository, so the additional Launchpad PPA is not needed after all. Thanks! :)

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TeXworks is part of the full 'vanilla' installation of TeX Live from the official site, but not of texlive-full as repackaged for Ubuntu. This may well be because Ubuntu uses TL2009, which did not include TeXworks. – Joseph Wright Jan 28 '12 at 15:10
TeXworks is available for Ubuntu, the Launchpad PPA is not needed: packages.ubuntu.com/natty/texworks – matth Jan 28 '12 at 15:14
@JosephWright: Thanks, Joseph! I updated my answer. :) – Paulo Cereda Jan 28 '12 at 15:30
@matth: Thanks, matth! I really had no idea that TeXworks was already in the Ubuntu repository. I removed the additional info about the Launchpad PPA. :) – Paulo Cereda Jan 28 '12 at 15:31

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