18
votes
1answer
221 views

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 ...
4
votes
0answers
86 views

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 ...
19
votes
2answers
525 views

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 ...
8
votes
1answer
181 views

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´╝č I saw these concepts when looking at the following table at the end of this ...
2
votes
2answers
828 views

How to figure out which distribution a package is in?

I just installed TeX Live on my Mac with Macports. I wanted to use the enumitem package and was told that LaTeX couldn't find the file when I tried to compile. I installed the texlive-basic ...
5
votes
1answer
1k views

What is the minimum distribution for LaTeX

I am using LaTeX to document a system I am developing. The system is itself a development environment which will be generating documentation. What is the minimum distribution I need to include in my ...
8
votes
4answers
219 views

Is there a common set of packages that is available in every distribution?

Or at least in most distributions...