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Own command works not with all Latex Distributions

A new defined command (see below) works on my windows with MiKTeX 2.9 and on a Mac with MacTeX. On another windows (running in a Mac) with an absolute fresh installed MiKTeX and on the same Mac in Mac ...
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Basic setup for LaTeX for Mac?

I have a professor who requires me to use Latex but he mainly speaks in terms of PC. I have a Mac so I have to find appropriate alternatives. So far I have purchased "Latexian" as an editor, and see ...
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Comparison of available TeX distribution tools

By any chance, is there any place or page for the comparison of the available distribution tools? For me, at this point of time, I only 3 TeX tools. They are 1) LaTeX 2) MiKTeX 3) TeX Live Are there ...
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Online LaTeX editor or local LaTeX editor?

Now there are a couple of online LaTeX editors that seems fancy and handy to use, such as ShareLaTeX and writeLaTeX. On the other hand, there are classic local Latex installation packages that are ...
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ftp tug org tarballs and snapshots

1. On tug.org FTP (ftp://tug.org/texlive/historic/2014/) there are four tar.xz: *-bin.tar.xz (precompilled bins for many platforms) *-sources.tar.xz (sources for making bins) ...
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How do I use the kpse library to get the value of $TEXMFHOME?

Inspired by some recent experiments on the subject, I'm trying to use texlua to automate the installation, done by multiple users, of a complex environment (multiple packages, classes and formats) on ...
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Do different TeX distributions produce PDFs of different quality?

Let's say I have the same TeX input, do different TeX distributions produce different PDF, and if so, which would produce best quality for print? I know my Miktex uses fontconfig to some intent, would ...
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What does the output of TeX/LaTeX depend on (in the sense of version and distribution)

I knew in advance that the output of tex, pdftex, latex, pdflatex and so on, depends on the version of that given program. This, of course, makes a lot of sense. Until now, I have not given it a lot ...
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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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Is there a package manager that works directly with CTAN (or local TDS structures)?

Almost out of sheer frustration, I'm on the verge of writing a Python script that will automate the install of both local TDS packages and those retrieved automatically from CTAN, without regard to ...
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Is there a cross-platform way to acquire the local package installation directory?

I'm making a small bundle of 'package-lets' for my classmates and need an easy way to register my package-lets with the local TeX installation. Only the following distributions will be 'supported': ...
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LaTeX on IBM AIX 5.3

I want to use LaTeX on IBM AIX 5.3, has support for UNIX on IBM AIX 5.3 stopped? If so should I use an old version, say from 2009.
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Styles in standard LaTeX distribution [closed]

A conference I'm submitting to wants any styles (and packages I assume) that are not in the 'standard latex distribution' to be included with the .tex source. What are the standard styles and ...
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How to render LaTeX in programs?

Recently I'm writing a calc program, on android. As a frequent LaTeX user, it comes to be compelling to use LaTeX rendering in displaying the inputs and outputs. Is there any possibilities to use a ...
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Setting up a flash drive suitable for 'TeX Missionaries'

I'd like to stick a complete TeX system on a flash drive to be able to quickly demonstrate and disseminate TeX and its distributions, but I'd like to keep the total file size small since the medium ...
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Latest Version of BlueSky Textures for Mac

I've been a user of Textures since about 1987. I actually used it to prepare my dissertation for a Ph.D. I've continually updated it since and sorry to see it disappear from the scene TEX scene. I ...
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What is an “implementation of TeX”

On MiKTex webpage, it is written: MiKTeX (pronounced mick-tech) is an up-to-date implementation of TeX/LaTeX and related programs for Windows (all current variants). Also on this page Installing ...
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up-to-date TeX distribution

In order to use the "LGRx package" I've been told in a previous question that I've made, that I should have an up-to-date TeX distribution. So, I wonder what is this and how can I install it to my ...
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What happened to Textures and Bluesky Research?

A few weeks ago, the Bluesky website vanished. I have been unable to find any recent traces on the Internet of either Gordon Lee, who seems to have been the only person left at Bluesky (or, at any ...
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Offline Installation: How do I install a full TeX distribution on an offline computer?

As I understand it, a snapshot of the MiKTeX/TeXlive is available on CTAN mirrors. How do I install a complete (with all packages) TeX distribution on an offline computer (without Internet) ? Is ...
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Automatically Determine which TeXLive Version is being used

I would like to be able to automatically determine which release of TeXLive that I am running. I sometimes encounter a problem where it is useful to test that the file compiled correctly in an older ...
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Installing LaTeX in a server

I need to run LaTeX in a server using an explorer (just like Safari or Chrome). The thing is that I can't find a software that allows me to do that, as, for example, R Studio does (they have the ...
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Change from MiKTeX to TeX Live

I'm basically a noob when it comes to dealing with packages and TeX distributions. I currently have both MiKTeX and TeX Live installed with MiKTeX as the default distribution (I think), but I would ...
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LaTeX Download for Windows [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I install TeX/LaTeX on Windows 7 I am looking for a full LaTeX download for use on Windows. I have looked on google, however there seems to be a lot of options, ...
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Most reliable LaTeX distributions [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the advantages of TeX Live over MiKTeX? I am new to LaTeX and I would like to know what is your opinion about the most reliable LaTeX distribution. I would like ...
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Is there a macro telling which OS we're using?

I got some LaTeX documents that I have to compile them under different TeX Live, such as MacTeX or TeX Live. But in different OS, the font seems different too, for example, while in Windows, I prefer ...
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Installing (a lightweight version of) latex on an external hard drive

I have a netbook which has about 3-4 gigs of space on it. Since it is a netbook, I didn't want to perform a full install of latex (~1gig) on it. It runs linux. I was wondering if I could install ...
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Check if compiled using MiKTeX or TeX Live? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a way to detect from inside a package that MikTeX is used? We have multiple people writing on the same project. Since some of us are TeX Livers and other ...
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How to install LaTeX compiler on Mac OS X without additional software

I want to install only the LaTeX compiler because I don't care about the additional software that comes with MacTeX. I'm going to use Latexian for creating .tex documents. Is this option possible?
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App to Add photos to LaTex document with iPad camera? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a (La)TeX distribution running on iPad? Very simple app that I am trying to find: suppose I have written a long text in my Laptop in LaTex but missing images. I ...
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does the doc folder contain only documentation?

I'm trying to get rid of some junk on my hard drive and want to make sure I don't delete anything vital, so it's probably a dumb question. In my latex tree there is the texmf-dist/doc folder which is ...
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Windows-Terminal commands to have information about LaTeX distribution

I'm looking for command to use in one terminal so as to know the following facts. Is there one LaTeX distribution installed ? What is the path where to put local classes or packages ? In my Mac, I ...
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Corrupted TeXLive2012 installation? (File `l3candidates.sty' not found)

This is a follow up to my earlier question, Corrupted TeXLive2012 installation? (Option clash for currfile). Refer to that question for the history. With an "updated" TeXLive2012, I am now getting: ...
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Manually copy older TeXLive2011 from one Mac to a new Mac

From an earlier question of mine, it was determined that one can not obtain the latest version of older releases (ex. TeXLive2010, TeXLive2011). I am upgrading my Mac and would like to know the ...
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How to download MacTeX 2011 now that MacTex 2012 is available

Is there a way to download the older MacTeX-2011? I am transitioning to a new mac and would prefer to have both MacTeX2011 and the 2012 version available. I thought I was in luck when I found the the ...
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Different package manager: Why? [closed]

I was wondering why do we need different package managers in TeXLive and MiKTex? Would it not be better and less work for both authors if there was a common approach and even other persons taking ...
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How to get a package into texlive

Say I have written an awesome package called "worldpeace.sty" and uploaded it to CTAN. What can I do to get the package in to texlive?
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TeX distribution and TeX implementation

TeX distributions are the large collections of TeX-related software to be downloaded and installed. For example, Tex Live and MiKTeX. TeX implementations are for example Web2c is the name of a ...
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5 year time bomb in LaTeX-Distributions?

There is a very weird thing: Five years after installation or release, TeX in various distributions seems to refuse to compile for no other reason than being old. We've had a question here this ...
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Meaning of “Macro packages”, “TeX engines” and “Distributions” of TeX

I was wondering what relations and differences are between "Macro packages", "TeX engines" and "Distributions" of TeX? I saw these concepts when looking at the following table at the end of this ...
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How do I update my TeX distribution?

I'm trying to compile a document that only works with an up-to-date distribution, so I'd like to know: how do I update my distribution? Please provide screenshots where appropriate. List of answers ...
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Does Windows version of TeX contain patgen?

I know two Windows versions of TeX -- MiKTeX and proTeXt. Do they contain patgen package? If not, what Windows version of TeX contain the package? Can MiKTeX or proTeXt import such package from TeX ...
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Setting up your own LaTeX compile server?

I know services like TeX cloud and similar. My question is: Are there ready-made distributions of LaTeX that allow me to set up my own server? What are the best solutions? My goal is to have a nice ...
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Is there a lightweight implementation/distribution of TeX for Mac OSX?

I'm on an SSD and space is an issue. The MacTeX distribution is over 2GB. BasicTeX seems to be too limiting to be useful to me, unfortunately.
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TeX family tree with timeline?

When I first started using TeX, I felt overwhelmed by the myriad of names — BibTeX, XeTeX, LaTeX, XeLaTeX, ConTeXt, LuaTeX, MacTeX, TeXLive — and more. I didn't know the packages from the programs ...
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What is KerTeX?

There are two references to a software (distribution?) called KerTeX here on TeX.SX (one, two). Is this more an alternative to TeX Live ore more to TeX itself? Is there any benefit of using KerTeX ...
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Is there a TeX for OS X that I can compile from sources myself without major troubles?

I ask because I have traditionally used TeTeX, which is perpetually included with Slackware Linux. However, I downloaded the source code for TeTeX, and it appears to be a bit tricky to build on Mac OS ...
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LaTeX and Textmate [closed]

I have been trying to get to grips with TextMate for creating LaTeX files and when I go to view the file I get an error: can't find kpsewhich on path. I have two questions: Do I have to have a LaTeX ...
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Multi-OS Portable TeX system

I'm looking to treat myself to a totally portable TeX system and was wondering: is it possible to devise an installation scheme that would run on Windows, Linux and MacOS at the "same" time? I think ...
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What is a good LaTeX compiler for Windows?

I've googled around, and I haven't found a definitive compiler for latex (.tex files) on Windows. Any suggestions? Thanks!