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How do I install an individual package on a Linux system?

Is there an easy way to install the documentclass standalone in Ubuntu using apt-get?

In other words, is there a texlive package for Ubuntu that contains standalone? Does this package belong to the standard package repository? Otherwise, how do I obtain it.

I would like to live this life without ever learning how to use any LaTeX package manager.

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The texlive distribution found in the ubuntu repos is somewhat outdated. You should install tl with the script found here tug.org/texlive . Any further updates should be made with tlmgr tool shiped with tl. If you don't want to use this, ask canonical for better support. –  bloodworks Nov 23 '12 at 13:40
Thanks for the answer, but that's exactly what I would like to avoid. I do not want to install anything in Ubuntu except through the Ubuntu package repository, and I do not want to learn how to use tlmgr. Is there a minimal solution such as downloading standalone and copying it to some texmf folders? (Really, one should not have to worry about these things.) –  Mr. T Nov 23 '12 at 13:48
Not using apt-get. You certainly could add standalone to your local texmf-local directory, but in case that this packages depends on other packages with a certain version number you need to update all these packages by yourself. BTW neither texlive itself nor tlmgr are hard to handle. And as long canonical keeps with their repos standards this will be the golden way. –  bloodworks Nov 23 '12 at 13:52
How do I install an individual package on a Linux system? covers the general case: there is nothing special about standalone in this regard. –  Joseph Wright Nov 23 '12 at 13:56
You can also download a TDS ZIP file of standalone under bitbucket.org/martin_scharrer/standalone/downloads. Simply unzip this under your local TEXMF tree (e.g. ~/texmf under Linux) and update the package database (e.g. texhash ~/texmf). –  Martin Scharrer Jan 25 '13 at 19:08
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Per your comment

Is there a minimal solution such as downloading standalone and copying it to some texmf folders?

Yes, you can do this manually. Here are some basic instructions for a manual install of standalone (or any package, whether available from CTAN or not).

  1. Download standalone from CTAN
  2. Create a new directory called standalone (or really whatever you'd like) in your texmf.
  3. Place all downloaded files in your directory you just created.
  4. If a .ins file is provided, run latex standalone.ins (or something similar)
  5. Run texhash from the command line. This will inform latex that new packages have been placed for install.

That should get you rolling. I'm running this from memory (honestly, just learning to use the package managers (like tlmgr) makes life so much easier), so forgive me if I made a mistake.

Of course, you can always follow the sure-to-be-correct instructions over at WikiBooks. It also has instructions for creating the documentation yourself, which I've skipped over here.

Just remember TeXLive's own documentation:

First, you may have gotten a TeX installation that was based on TeX Live but was packaged for your operating system. For instance, the free GNU/Linux distributions, and the distributions from Red Hat, Debian, Ubuntu, SUSE, etc., all make TeX installations derived from TeX Live available through their normal packaging system (rpm, apt-get, yum, etc.). If this is how you got your TeX, the timing and content of updates is entirely up to your operating system provider—contact them with any and all questions.

Good luck!

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