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How do I gracefully retire a package?

I maintain a LaTeX package which is obsolete. All its useful commands are provided by other packages, possibly with different syntax, but still the point is there is no reason for anyone to use my ...
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How do I submit a custom bst style file to CTAN?

I have modified the plainnat.bst natbib style file in order to submit to the journal Arctic. It works fine, and I figured it might be useful to someone else. Is there a way to submit custom bst files ...
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Public database of bibtex entires of LaTeX packages

When I want to cite a research paper, I typically look up the respective BibTeX entry in some online catalogue (such as DBLP or the ACM and IEEE digital libraries for computer science). The quality of ...
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Publishing a package update on CTAN?

This is one of the questions I get on and off, so I thought I'd post about it. A couple of times, I've ended up with a situation where I need to modify code in a CTAN package proper - that is, I ...
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How can a package be listed on CTAN but not be available in Tex Live?

Here is a comment by Alan Munn on How soon do all CTAN mirrors update for TeX Live Utility to detect the changes? Except for during [the freeze period], (i.e., most of the time) TeXLive updates to ...
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Is there an overview/list of CTAN mirrors which support zsync?

Starting from http://tug.org/texlive/acquire-mirror.html I tried to gather information about support or at least (eventually dropped, but at least discussed) plans for it, but also $SEARCH_ENGINE ...
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using sublime 3 to install matlab-prettifier package from ctan library [closed]

How do I use Sublime Text 3's built in package manager to install packages from ctan? I am trying to install and use matlab-prettifier in a latex document class report. I manually downloaded, compiled ...
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Variant of DocStrip's \file that doesn't add .tex extension

For a class I want to upload on CTAN, several files are generated thanks to DocStrip's utility: \generate{\file{⟨output⟩}{\from{⟨input⟩}{⟨optionlist⟩}}} Quoting Heiko Oberdiek in What path provide ...
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Project-local package management

As a follow up to the question ‘What does the output of TeX/LaTeX depend on (in the sense of version and distribution)’, I wonder if there are any tools (or at least plans to ship such a tool) which ...
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How do I set the documentation PDF for my package?

I wanted to check the syntax of something in one of my packages, and rather than hunt for the file on my system I just did texdoc hobby on the command line. To my dismay, this brought up the PDF ...
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Updating packages while TeX Live is frozen

This is a follow on to my question from from last year about Why does TeX Live "require" yearly updates?. TeX Live is again in the freeze period and no new packages or updates will be ...
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How to install “catdvi” in TeXLive? [duplicate]

I need to install catdvi, I am using the vanilla TeXLive from CTAN. I have another option to install it is from the OS (i.e. Ubuntu) repository, but it will install another copy of OS specific TeX ...
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LaTeX hyphens pattern file for medical terminology

This might be slightly off topic since my main goal is to hyphenate strings in Java, but please bare with me. So far I've only looked at TeXHyphenator-J and Hyphenation libraries and both of them use ...
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Should packages on CTAN be widely applicable?

I have a couple 'packages' (more appropriately called styles) that I'd like to painlessly distribute to my classmates. The most straightforward way to do this is via CTAN, but I'm not sure if it is ...
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(How) Can I upload an Asymptote module to CTAN?

Let's say I have an experimental Asymptote module that I want to make available through CTAN. I can think of several options for this: Create a package that uses a filecontents* environment to ...
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CTAN Mirror Integrity - Miktex Update

Does the Miktex Updater ensure that the downloaded packages from a CTAN mirror are not corrupted in comparison to the original version? When looking up the update log there are messages about a ...
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CTAN : raw datas for user

I would like to add in my long CV (not my short CV) the list of package I maintain in CTAN. Is there somewhere a file where I could make a request, to: obtain the list of package I am associated ...
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How to configure the mirror http://mirror.ctan.org/ redirects to?

I'm using vanilla TeXLive 2013 in ubuntu 13.10. Here, running getnonfreefonts-sys --all fails to download arial.zip and all such files. I think this is because the mirror closest to me ...
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Are there any Tablet (Android/iOS/Windows) Apps for ctan.org, tug.org and texdoc.net?

I had no idea if it was on-topic here, but I would like to draw attention to TeX.SX community and especially mobile App developers. Are there any Mobile/Tablet optimised website/Apps for ...
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Maintainance of boites in CTAN

I have done some fixes and enhancements to the boites LaTeX package and I would like to have them integrated to the version in CTAN. In the last time I have contacted the current maintainer (on Apr ...
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Repeatedly being stymied by missing packages using Texmaker

Ok, so I started using Texmaker to make PDF files, and I am being repeatedly stymied by missing packages. (Windows 7 OS here). Apparently, there is supposed to be a way for them to be downloaded ...
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Package “nth” is in CTAN, but tlmgr doesn't find it

I'm trying to install the nth package, which automatically adds and formats ordinal numbers in English. The package is included in the default TeXLive distribution, but I had to install a smaller ...
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Large datasets on CTAN

I've acquired a recent interest in GIS and do not know of much support in drawing maps/boundaries/locations within LaTeX. pst-geo provides some mapping features, specifically at the PostScript level. ...
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Directory structure for a large CTAN package upload

I'm going to upload my first package to CTAN. But after reading all the upload guides from CTAN and TeXLive I'm still feeling daunted by the directory structure. My package is rather complex and by ...
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How to install memoir package from ctan?

How do I download the memoir package from this page? http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/memoir/ I can see the directory tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/memoir/ but i'm not sure how ...
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Problem with savesym

MWE: \documentclass[12pt,a4paper]{article} \usepackage{savesym} \begin{document} content... \end{document} Gets the following error You have requested package ``savesym',but the package provides ...
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How to send a package to CTAN with ctanupload? (I get an error)

Im trying to send a new package to CTAN and I wanted to use the makefile given in the manual of ctanupload. This is how my file looks CONTRIBUTION = metrix NAME = Tobias Weh EMAIL = mail@tweh.de ...
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From CTAN to TeX Live and MiKTeX

A few months ago (before the release of TL2013) I uploaded a script to CTAN. What are the next steps (if any) that need to be taken to get the script or package part of the TeX Live and MiKTeX ...
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Best practice of (technically) preparing files (on Windows systems) for CTAN

Similar questions were asked before but I did not found one for the recently discovered problem. What I want to do is uploading a package to CTAN which is in good technical shape. I did this before ...
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Is there a LaTeX class specifically for generating License Agreements? [closed]

Is there a LaTeX class designed, or adaptable, to generate License Agreements easily? For example, it should be easy to generate sections: Terms, Conditions, etc., with numbered/unnumbered ...
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TeX Live 2011: Can I still update it to its final (frozen) state?

I wish to know that if I download TeX Live 2011 from TUG today in April 2013 and then try to update the packages from CTAN, will I get the last packages that were frozen for the 2011 year for TeX ...
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How to make sure that a source file is in UNIX mode?

How to make sure that a source file is in UNIX mode? In other words, how to check that every line in a text file is ended by LF rather then CR+LF? I am asking because a package intended for ...
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Cross-platform package manager for packages *not* on CTAN [closed]

I do not want to reinvent the wheel, so perhaps you could help me find a tool that fits my needs. Background As far as I know, it takes some time to get a LaTeX package available on CTAN. And some ...
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When should I upload my new style?

I've been working lately in a new style for my university, which is heavily influenced by a pre-existing style (feupteses). However, feupteses was never meant for PhD dissertations, so I decided to ...
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How to find packages/classes

What is the "right" way to search for a package/class to solve a random problem? Whenever I need to find a new package or class, I never feel like I am doing it efficiently. I tend to use a mixture of ...
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How to upload a binary to CTAN?

I've written a small GUI program to ease the creation of LaTeX style tables (both tabular and longtable) for my students. I'm wondering if it is useful to upload it to CTAN. It is free software; ...
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Why does MiKTeX have old version of The Comprehensive LaTeX Symbol List?

On CTAN, the package named "Comprehensive" contains a version of The Comprehensive LaTeX Symbol List dated 09 November 2009. But the corresponding package on MiKTeX contains a version of the file ...
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What should I write in the “Short description for announcement” field on the CTAN upload page?

I want to upload my simple package on CTAN, but I don't know what I should enter in the "Short description for announcement" field on the CTAN upload page?
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How many LaTeX classes and packages are there (say, on CTAN)?

Well, the question is pretty self-explanatory. (I'm writing a short tutorial on LaTeX, and wanted some trivia;)).
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Wrote a new package. Is there some standard place to share?

So I finished writing my package for typesetting Begriffsschrift. I think it marks a marked improvement over the package begriff, which is the only other package for the same purpose, that I can find ...
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Direct connection from the CTAN package name to the files of the package

Is there a way to download the package files only be knowing the CTAN package name (which can be a (La)TeX package, class, bundle, font, etc.)? I'm aware that http://www.ctan.org/pkg/<NAME> ...
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How to make a CTAN package MiKTeX friendly?

I've heard that it is difficult to install my new statrep package using MiKTeX. The dtx file is self-extracting, but I think MiKTeX doesn't expect to work with a dtx file. Can someone provide a ...
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Is there a way to revert manually to earlier versions of a package?

Is there a way to revert manually to earlier versions of a package? I know this is a bit weird but I need previous versions of some packages for some reason.
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Adding a CTAN package to a MacPorts-maintained TeX installation

I have installed TeXlive through MacPorts and now discover that I am missing some package. For clarity let's use a trivial example and say I am missing lipsum.sty. I now have two options: Option 1 ...
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Can I install fonts from CTAN using TeX Live Utility?

I have the latest version of MacTeX installed, and want to add fonts from CTAN (or other packages) that are not part of the MacTeX distribution to my system. When I specify CTAN in TeX Live Utility as ...
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Where can I get the getfileversion package?

At the urls given in http://www.mail-archive.com/ctan-ann@dante.de/msg04518.html I cannot find the getfileversion package. (Using a popular search engine did not help either.) Where (and why) is the ...
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How to publish a package that includes scripts and/or executables?

I'm preparing to publish my first package, and am not sure about the best way to proceed. I understand the standard CTAN publishing approach, but I'm dealing with a somewhat atypical case since my ...
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Where can one find old versions of packages released through CTAN? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Historical, stable version archive of packages Is it possible to find a list of downloadable archives for older versions packages released through CTAN? For example, ...
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Where to find a list of packages at CTAN?

I am looking for something similar to http://www-sop.inria.fr/apics/latex/styles-eng.html (but more recent than 2001) i.e. a list of packages/styles on CTAN containing package name - file name - ...
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How to upload a tds.zip file to CTAN

From the ctanify documentation (great tool, by the way) I got the impression that just including a *.tds.zip file when doing a CTAN upload is sufficient. Well, obviously not, since the tds.zip file ...