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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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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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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?
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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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What is CTAN.org now?

Today I clicked in this link in TeX StackExchange http://ctan.org/pkg/svg and I got this message (screenshot below). In particular, what does it mean that "Latex Productions International has ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...