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What to download, proTeXt or MiKTeX?

What exactly is included in the proTeXt's 1.1GB package and why would you rather download that compared to just downloading the humble 170MB MiKTeX basic install? Also, why is proTeXt's file size so ...
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How do I install TeX/LaTeX on Windows 7

I am new to TeX/LaTeX. How do I install TeX on Windows 7? It seems that there are many different implementations, so which one is best for my OS?
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What is MikTeX?

I want to learn LaTeX. I was looking for some form of software when I found them at http://miktex.org/ It seems like it is free. They say easy to download. However, I don’t usually do stuff like ...
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How do I get started with LaTeX on Windows XP?

My only knowledge of LaTeX is that it is a markup language that lets me concentrate on the structure of my document rather than its appearance. It uses tags similar to HTML. My problem is that I've ...
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Auto Package download for TeXLive

I use MiKTeX on Windows and quite satisfied with it. Recently I started switching all my tasks toward open-source alternatives, and in the course I would love to use Linux. But the problem is in Linux ...
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Where to find nitty-gritty details about TeX and friends' font handling systems?

The current guides online and in texdoc that I could find did not deal with the problem I have. How to generate font metrics for system installed TrueType and OpenType fonts? How to generate font ...
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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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Getting TexLive installation to work

In the launchpad website it is mentioned that the version in the repositories is hopelessly outdated (by two years, even in the oncoming october release). I was trying to install TeXLive 2011 (in ...
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Finding a Ubuntu package for a sty file [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I install an individual package on a Linux system? I've had this problem for a while now on Ubuntu. Whenever I have a missing .sty file (right now, it's ...
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Backing up and restoring texlive 2011 (Linux)

Is there an easy and safe way to back up and restore an entire texlive installation, e.g. before a fresh OS (re)installation or to put onto another pc (same architecture)? What I have in mind is to ...
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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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Problem with TexLive installation on Fedora 17 to 20

I just upgraded to Fedora 17 and tried to install TeX Live, as usually, by downloading the install script, install-tl from tug.org. When I run ./install-tl I get this output: ...
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Is it necessary to disable virus scanner during TeX Live installation, and if so, why?

Is it necessary to disable virus scanner during TeX Live installation, and if so, why?
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Clean uninstall of TeX Live 2012 (for upgrading to TeX Live 2013) on Mac OS X

I understand upgrading from TeX Live 2012 to 2013 is not a single-click operation. As I was working on some important documents and didn't want to compromise my TeX distribution, I've put off ...
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How do I install CTAN packages on Mac OS with TexShop?

I run TexShop on my Mac OS 10.6. I'd like to install new packages like this: http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/listings/ How do I install it? I've downloaded the zip file.
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Is there a tool/script available to simply install packages locally?

This question is not on how to manually install packages but how to install packages automatically via script. This question is not about MikTeX or the limited tex package management in certain linux ...
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How to install new packages on Texmaker on Ubuntu?

How do I install new packages on Texmaker? I use Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.
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Update a package after TeX live freeze?

I realized that I want/have to update a package (moderncv). The problem is that TeX Live went frozen – so there are no more updates. Is the only thing to do is wait till the release of the next TeX ...
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How to install or replace fonts in old TeX files?

I got interested in a research paper from 1991, which I cannot get an electronic online version of. The author was kind enough to send me his tex sources, but is himself unable to produce a pdf file ...
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How do I restore my TeX path?

I have an up-to-date installation of MacTeX (2012) on my machine, but a recent upgrade of my system software seems to have removed TeX from my path. TeX Live Utility recognizes my installation and ...
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XeTeX in OpenBSD

How could I get XeTeX in OpenBSD? I have tried to: pkg_add texlive_base-2012, but it tries to install so much more that I ran out of space. run the install-tl perl script for TL13, but even if I ...
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How to move TeX Live to another partition (/data)

I'm a LyX user. Can I move all (or most) of the TeX related files/folders to another (Linux) partition (/data) and so reuse that partition for LyX-TeX after OS re-install, as well as share that TeX ...
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installing comicsans to TeX Live, Windows

I need help to install the comicsans package and the fonts. My system is TeX Live 2011, and Windows 7. Below is what I did: Copied comic.ttf and comicbd.ttf in C:\texlive\texmf-local\fonts\ttf. (I ...
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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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Adding a manually installed package/program manual into `texdoc`

I have manually installed a package/program related to LaTeX (it's writer2latex aka w2l in this case). Is there a way how to make texdoc w2l open the PDF documentation of this package?
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Installing the comicsans package to MiKTeX

Consider this question theoretical in nature; an exercise to understand the TDS tree structure better. Assume one were attempting to install the comicsans package, which is part of neither of the two ...
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Installing new packages from ctan through command line or AUCTeX on Mac OS?

I've needed a few new packages for some macros to draw diagrams that I'm working with. I've heard that some LaTeX editors can automatically download the correct packages from CTAN when they're not ...
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How to use TeX Live on Fedora 17?

On Fedora 17 I have at least 3 ways to use TeX Live: Install it from the default repository (TeX Live 2007, very old) Add a work-in-progress developer repository - is it stable enough? In the past ...
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Latex on Linux: Path problem after new install of TeX Live

UPDATE: between the suggestions made in comments, and Andrew Stacey's patient walkthrough/diagnostic, the problem was eventually solved by correcting a faulty environment variable in the bashrc. It's ...
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What is $TEXMFCNF for?

I just got told, in the comments to my answer to the question How to install "vanilla" TeXLive on Debian or Ubuntu?, that I shouldn't set the environment variable $TEXMFCNF if I install ...
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tlmgr error: perl.exe has stopped working

I have been using TeX Live 2010 on my Windows 7 computer for some time now, without problems. Recently I decided to use the TeX Live Manager to check for updates, which were successfully installed. ...
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Which LaTeX to install on Linux?

Which LaTeX distribution would you recommend for using on Linux from command line? I am looking for one with most complete coverage of packages.
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Why can't I install MacTeX or BasicTeX on my Mac?

I am a beginner for LaTeX and I was trying to install the package BasicTeX on my mac (version 10.7.3). Everything went well - downloading the .zip file from TUG, unarchiving--until I actually started ...
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Add documentation to TL install

I installed the Tex Live 20130407 on my system. To save disk space, I did not install the documentation, because I thought that texdoc can download those files I ask it. However, issuing texdoc ...
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How to upgrade 'biblatex' properly?

I use TeXLive 2012 under Ubuntu 12.10. I would like to upgrade biblatex to the latest version (2.3). I tried the following: download and unpack .tar.gz from https://github.com/plk/biblatex/downloads ...
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Installing several versions of a package

Sometimes it would be convenient to have several versions of a package installed at once. For example I’d like to have a development version of TikZ for my own work and the current stable version to ...
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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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See which files are installed when installing a package with tlmgr

Is there a log somewhere that tells me what files where installed when I install a package with tlmgr?
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How can I update TikZ/PGF?

I am searching a script that will do the following. Removing all old PGF/TikZ files in my local texmf tree Installation of all new PGF/TikZ in my local texmf tree of the csv repository: PGF and TikZ ...
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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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TeX Installation on USB

I would like to install LaTeX on a Uberstudent (Ubuntu) distro. The problem is that I only have a USB drive and the Uberstudent machine doesn't have internet access due to a lack of a wifi card. I ...
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Portable LaTeX system for Mac

So my MacBook Air broke down, and I plan to make use of the Macs in the university library to write papers. But the problem is: I do not have admin control there (so I cannot install anything) and ...
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Sequence of upgrading to TeX Live 2013

Since TUG says there is no upgrade from TeX Live 2012 to 2013, it has to be a new install. However, I do not want to have two versions of TeX Live and I don't want to mess up system PATH (Windows 7). ...
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MinionPro on Mac OS X

Has anyone been able to install the MinionPro package on OS X? I usually install (and update) TeX Live through MacPorts and the first package I have ever found that wasn't already included is ...
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Determine full list of installed LaTeX packages in Ubuntu

Newbie here, just inherited a large (250+ page) doc written in LaTeX after the previous author left the company. Is there an easy way to determine all the LaTeX packages installed on my system? I'm ...
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Installing TeXlive on Ubuntu, revisited

The Debian/Ubuntu packages for TeXlive are usually outdated, sometimes up to several years behind CTAN. Now, I understand that packaging TeX Live takes a lot of work and, if you want to follow ...
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Is is possible to install only the required LaTeX tool “pdflatex” in Ubuntu?

I do not know the dependencies b/w the tools provided by the LaTeX bulky lib. A suggested command to install LaTeX tools on Ubuntu is: sudo apt-get install texlive-full It's full installation ...
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If I have TeX Live 2011 how to install a previous version of biblatex (1.0)?

I install from the internet TeX Live 2011. I have to use MLA to write all my papers, and I have this problem: biblatex-mla sometimes \autocite[prenote][pg]{key} is not printing the author's name ...
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How to install vim-latex?

Can someone please help with installing vim with the latex plugin? I've tried searching online for easier instructions, but I can't find anything. I have very little experience with terminal and I ...
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Install emerald font package on ubuntu

I tried to install the emerald font package on my ubuntu natty box. However if I compile a minimal example like (emerald.tex) \documentclass{article} \usepackage{emerald} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} ...