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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 ...
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Historical, stable version archive of packages

The author of marginfix / blockmargin is/was interested in a certain loss of functionality from one version of the marginfix package to the next. Out of interest and curiosity I wanted to see what ...
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Who maintains babel now?

Who manages babel now? It is said on CTAN that Johannes L. Braams is no longer active on this package. I'd like to contribute babel's support for Russian in LuaLaTeX.
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Documentclass for Homework Problems

Are there any good documentclasses on CTAN (or built in to some distributions) that are designed for turning in homework problem sets? I've managed to find one, but it's a bit awkward. Are there any ...
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Can I download CTAN packages from the command-line? (Ubuntu)

I'm reading this, where one of the respondents says to "get a package from CTAN". There are no installation instructions in the package mentioned. I've installed texlive-full and use the long-term ...
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CLI tool to upload to CTAN

This question led to a new package: ctanupload sty2dtx and ctanify are useful tools to prepare clean packages to CTAN. Is there also a tool to upload the package from a terminal?
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When and how are packages added to TeX Live?

I've noticed that some of the packages I've uploaded to CTAN are now in TL2011, and some I've updated lately have been updated in TL2011, too. When are packages added/updated in TeX Live? Is it an ...
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What is good practice when preparing a package for CTAN?

I'm thinking of submitting a package to CTAN, and would like some hints which will help keep the path as smooth as possible for me, the CTAN administators, and the final users. Please tell me what I ...
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Where can I find which packages are available as tds.zip?

When I need to install a package manually I much prefer to use the ready-zipped TEX Directory Structure-compliant version rather than install it manually with .dtx or .ins files. Normally when I want ...
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How to upload my packages or document classes to CTAN?

I have created a simple yet useful document class. I am interested in uploading this to CTAN so it can be available in TeX distribution out of the box. As a result, I no longer need to setup texmf if ...
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Naming a package built on TikZ

I am working on a package which builds on TikZ. How should I name it — tkz-foo or tikz-foo (foo is a placeholder). In CTAN both styles can be found: tikz- as well as tkz-. There are more tkz-named ...
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Download all dtx from CTAN

I've written some code to extract some help from dtx files (documented package), and I have tested it on a few packages for which I had the .dtx. It seems, however, that .dtx files are not shipped ...
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How soon do all CTAN mirrors update for TeX Live Utility to detect the changes?

If a new package gets officially recognized with an entry at CTAN today, (on average) when can I typically expect all mirrors to be updated so that TeX Live Utility can detect the changes?
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I'm not managing to download from CTAN. How can I select the mirror I use?

Yesterday I was stumped while not managing to download any package from CTAN. While I could navigate and browse the directories, any time I selected a file to download the request would time-out. A ...
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Installing new packages from ctan through command line or AUCTeX on Mac OS?

I've needed a few new packages for some macros to draw diagrams that I'm working with. I've heard that some LaTeX editors can automatically download the correct packages from CTAN when they're not ...
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How do I avoid clashes with macro names in packages?

This is a follow-up to this question on contributing to CTAN, but it applies to the situation when writing ones own package for private use. In brief, the question is: Is there a way to avoid ...
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How can I contribute to CTAN?

I have create a template and some macros I would like to share. How can I contribute them to CTAN?