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First of all, I am a total beginner with both LaTeX and Ubuntu (and I have no clue about programming etc.), so please explain things in a way that I can follow and thanks in advance for your help and patience.

So... I started writing my Chemistry-thesis with LaTeX (using Ubuntu 12.04, TeXLive2009 from the software center, and TeXmaker) and I am having problems with the numbering of my molecules. I used chemstyle and bpchem, but somehow the tracking doesn't work properly. Within the schemes the compounds are labelled correctly, whereas in the text it is completely messed up.

I read that the chemnum package is better for this job, so I wanted to ask you how I can get this new package running (because it is not included in this TeXLive bundle). Where can I download it, where do I save the file?

Do I need to use the terminal? (reminder: I am really a complete beginner with Linux)

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closed as too localized by egreg, Joseph Wright Jan 5 '13 at 22:20

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By far the easiest way to proceed is to install 'vanilla' TeX Live. On Ubuntu, this does require using the Terminal, but it requires only a few steps. – Joseph Wright Aug 6 '12 at 17:01
First of all: yes, you'll most probably need to use the terminal, but there are many tutorials around for the installation of the most recent (2012) version of texlive on Ubuntu systems. See… ,… or this blog post which provides an automatic installation script:… – hakaze Aug 6 '12 at 17:05

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