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How can I have several (La)TeX distributions co-existing on the same computer and easily switch between them using one editor?

How can I have several (La)TeX distributions co-existing on the same computer and easily switch between them using one editor? I am using Windows but it would be interesting to see answers for *nix ...
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Portable minimal distribution

Are there any portable minimal latex/xelatex distributions? I know of MikTeX portable, but at 130MBs it is far from minimal. Alternatively, can I easily make my own distribution? What I would like to ...
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Gaussian/Normal plots from a data distribution in scientific notation

I am new to Tex and trying to plot a gaussian distribution from a set of values. I have the following set of values and would like to plot a normal distribution for them. 2.9954E-09 3.1314E-09 ...
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How best to run LaTeX on a system with few resources

I've been running LaTeX for about a decade on my Macs and I've picked up a Dell Chromebook for travelling (to install Linux via Crouton). Pretty much the only reason to do this over a tablet is that I ...
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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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TeX Live permissions on OS X

So, after installing TeX Live 2015 (via the downloadable package) next to Homebrew, my directory-structure looks like this drwxr-xr-x 24 ec admin 816 20 Jan 20:58 | /usr/local drwxr-xr-x 176 ...
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Tex Live Package Security

To what extent is the code of the packages included in tex distributions reviewed with respect to malicious code. This is with respect to what is posted in documentation as well as what is actually ...
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problems installing MiKTeX 2.9 on windows 10 (64 bit)

I am trying for a couple of days now to install MiKTeX 2.9 but every time i'm starting to download the files on my laptop (currently running on win 10) it tell me : the operation could not be ...
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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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Why is LaTeX called a typesetting “system”?

Reading about TeX/LaTeX online, I'm a little confused as to what it is- isn't it a language? Wikipedia calls is it a typesetting system- and to make matters worse, if I want to use LaTeX, I need to ...
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What are the advantages of TeX Live over MiKTeX?

I have been using MiKTeX for a couple of years. I don't know whether it is "wise" to insist on using it. Could you give me a list of advantages of TeX Live over MiKTeX?
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I want to start using TEX to write up assignments and labs [duplicate]

I want to start coding in my assignments and lab reports in TEX (I'm not sure that's the correct software name) as they look more professional. The only TEX knowledge I have is writing mathematical ...
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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 Overleaf. On the other hand, there are classic local Latex installation packages that are also ...
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Updating w32tex

Is there any way to update w32tex? I found that the question on updating TeX distribution has already been posted How do I update my TeX distribution?, but there is no answer regarding w32tex. Thank ...
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Rule of thumb for synchronizing/updating Tex distributions

Some companies will not update their tex distribution regularly. What is a practical length of time to allow to pass before failing to resynchronize Tex Live or Miktex could reasonably become a ...
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Why is the MacTeX distribution so large? Is there anything smaller for OS X?

I would like to know how to install LaTeX on Mac 10.6 or higher. But the MacTeX is some 1.28 GB file! Is there a smaller distribution I could install? What exactly is TeX Live?
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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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Latex distributions. What are their main differences?

What are the main differences among: TeX Live teTeX fpTeX MiKTeX proTeXt MacTeX gwTeX OzTeX AmigaTeX PasTeX
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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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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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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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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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Questions From a LaTeX Beginner [duplicate]

I am an undergraduate studying mathematics. I am currently in the process of writing my first paper for submission to an academic journal. While learning about the process of submitting a paper it ...
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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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Is TIKZ sending ambiguous PDF instructions that only TEXstudio understands well?

TEXstudio is the only MAC software (although not originally designed for MAC) that has a PDF viewer that renders perfectly well dashed and hatched lines drawn with tikz. What does TEXstudio do that ...
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Own command works not with all LaTeX distributions and LaTeX document classes

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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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LaTeX - Portable Editing Environment

I have a TeX document which I want to edit and make sure it's rendered correctly. Which means I need an Editor with Preview window. I searched over the Internet. There's too much info and I can't get ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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Is there a way to detect from inside a package that MiKTeX is used?

Is there a way to detect that the MiKTeX TeX LaTeX executable is used? Something like \ifmiktex or even \IfFileExists{<some file only present in MiKTeX>}{}{}? The reason is that in one of my ...