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How does the TeX Live Manager pick mirrors if none is manually specified?

I assumed that the TeX Live Manager would pick random mirrors if you didn't specify one (or random within the same continent or such). When I asked a question about this @cfr thought it would ...
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New package submitted to CTAN, but cannot be found by tlmgr

I submitted a new package to CTAN days ago. I can find this package on CTAN, but my texlive installation cannot find it via tlmgr. How long does it take for CTAN new package to be installed in ...
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Automatically find fastest CTAN mirror

Back when I used linux there was a program that would find you the fastest Debian package repository based on your location. Is there a similar one for CTAN? I've been manually picking ones that I ...
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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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texlive packages to know? [duplicate]

texlive now has about 150,000 files, and thousands of packages. I obviously don't know the vast majority. I only know what I regularly use. A long time ago, the LaTeX Companion was my bible, but ...
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Why is libertineotf font under “obsolete” directory?

Looking up libertineotf package on CTAN:, its sources live under the obsolete directory: http://mirror.ctan.org/obsolete/fonts/libertineotf. Does this mean this package is obsolete? Is there an ...
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How to adapt a paper to the Tex style of a journal

I want to write my paper using LaTeX. In this journal they provide their LaTeX file which you can download from the link. Here is the readme file. I do not understand several things. I use Windows. ...
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How to use an unlisted CTAN mirror URL in MikTeX?

Is there any way to manually enter the URL of a CTAN mirror in MikTeX, if that URL is not part of the official repository list? Unfortunately company guidelines won't allow me to run an official ...
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Computer and save symbol in LaTeX

How can I write a computer/pc symbol computer/pc symbol and a save symbol in LaTeX? I looked in the Comprehensive LaTeX symbol list but don't find them.
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Automatically download and install packages from CTAN to compile a specific document

While working with some of my co-workers it happens that we have different versions of TeXLive. Because of that, some of them cannot compile my documents due to package missing. A question came to my ...
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Where can I get datetime2.sty or what is CTAN?

I am trying to build a huge latex project on my system - I downloaded everything, and did not touch anything. XeLaTeX tells me that datetime2.sty is missing, and I guess I just have to download it, ...
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Should the minionpro package be on CTAN given Adobe's license agreement? [closed]

In the Personal Computer Software License Agreement for Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, which is the current version of the Adobe Acrobat Reader (the agreement is listed under Adobe's Product licenses and ...
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Where to put mod­erncv class package after downloading it in Windows 7?

I got an error that moderncv.cls is missing. So, I have downloaded the complete package from here . But I don't understand where should I place it so that I won't get this error.
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Can I use (LaTeX?) packages from CTAN in plain TeX?

I have the following assumptions: TeX is a kind of language Plain TeX is the original environment for this language LaTeX (and other environments) is a set of compiled macros written using TeX ...
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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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How to cite CTAN itself?

I'm writing about how Comprehensive Archive Networks with strong standards make languages more powerful and robust in a certain document to an audience that is unaware of them. I'd like to give an ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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(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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...