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I downloaded the memoir class package and ran the .ins file.

Then, without doing anything else, it seemed that the memoir class was up and running!

I don't think it was there previously....I am running gummi on Ubuntu. How would I verify where the package is?

Does the .ins file automatically transfer the files to the gummi program or....?

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Where did you compile (or run) the .ins file? You should be able to check your .log file and find the line referencing memoir.cls, and identify the folder. – Werner Dec 24 '12 at 7:09
I ran the .ins file from my downloads folder. I only see a log file for when I tried (apparently unsuccessfully) to run the .dtx file. The output of that file is here:pastebin.com/aitrssqw – Paul Dec 24 '12 at 7:30
I meant look at the .log file of your successfully-compiled example file that uses memoir, not the .log file associated with a call to memoir.ins. – Werner Dec 24 '12 at 7:35
You should read Where do I place my own .sty files, to make them available to all my .tex files?. Also, since you're using TeX Live 2009, it's time for a full update to TeX Live 2011. For that, also see How to install “vanilla” TeXLive on Debian or Ubuntu? and/or How do I update my TeX distribution? – Werner Dec 24 '12 at 7:46
If you're on Ubuntu 12.04 also see How do I install the latest TeX Live 2012? for information about updating through the package manager. – Silke Dec 24 '12 at 12:59