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How to install “vanilla” TeXLive on Debian or Ubuntu?

Debian and Ubuntu have very good texlive packaging. But I'd like to use tlmgr to have a more fine-grained control about upgrades and which packages I want to be installed. So how do I install ...
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Where do I place my own .sty files, to make them available to all my .tex files?

I know how to define a package - but how do I make it available (to myself) at all times? Say I have the package file commonstuff.sty, that I want to be able to include in any .tex file I create on ...
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How can I manually install a package on MiKTeX (Windows)

I'm new to LaTeX, investigating using it for some work projects. I'm using MiKTeX on Windows. My employer's locked-down network blocks the application's automatic installation function. I can take ...
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Create a local texmf tree in MiKTeX

In TeX Live there are TEXMFLOCAL for admin and TEXMFHOME for user pre-defined, but in MiKTeX there’s by default no local texmf tree installed, though it is useful, cf. Purpose of local texmf trees. ...
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How do I install an individual package on a Linux system?

I need to install a new TeX/LaTeX/ConTeXt package on my computer. I'm running Ubuntu/Fedora/Slackware/Some-Version-Of Linux. What are the possible ways to do this? Note:   We get a ...
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Manual font installation

Frequently there are questions about, how to manually install a font, what very often means “Type1 font”. So I thought, we should write a general answer about the several aspects to regard. Beside ...
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How to install a current version of TikZ?

TikZ is undergoing lots of development with new features being added, but the versions distributed with standard TeX releases are often a little old. How do I get the latest version? If I want to be ...
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How do I add a .sty file to my MacTeX/TeXShop installation?

I've searched online, but I have not found any clear instructions how to permanently add .sty files to my TeXShop installation. I'm using a Mac with OSX (TeXShop is a mac only program). What is the ...
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Difference between administrative and user mode of MiKTeX

For a lot of questions here on TeX.SE and on other fora regarding MiKTeX, it turns out that the underlying problem actually lies in the not understood distinction between administrative and user ...
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How to have local package override default package

I have an non-root account on a shared server which has an old version of a package available to all users, and I want to use a newer one on my account. I cannot just use $TEXINPUTS, because latex ...
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Purpose of local texmf trees

In Tex Live there are several local texmf trees (TEXMFLOCAL for admin and TEXMFHOME for user, compare comments and answers to What are TeXLive's four different texmf folders?), in MiKTeX I manually ...
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MiKTeX and Perl scripts (and one Python script)

Again and again here on TeX.SX users of MiKTeX ask a question having a problem with a package or included program, where it turns out, that a Perl script is involved, in particular glossaries (because ...
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Installing TTF fonts in LaTeX

One of the annoying aspects of LaTeX is the limited number of fonts that come by default, and the pain involved in making new fonts 'LaTeX' ready. I have a collection of truetype fonts that I'd like ...
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How to use Xindy with MiKTeX?

As probably widely is known, the indexing tool Xindy is not included in the TeX distribution MiKTeX. Because MakeIndex does not work well with Unicode, but Xindy does, I therefore have a question: ...
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What is the preferable setup for MiKTeX to keep all packages up-to-date easily?

By default, MiKTeX is set up for all users to the folder C:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.9 However, packages added on-the-fly go to the folder C:\Users\CurrentUser\AppData\Roaming\MiKTeX\2.9 (in case of ...
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How to remove everything related to TeX Live for fresh install on Ubuntu?

How can I remove everything that is related to TeX Live from my Ubuntu 12.04? I first used the backport packages from ppa:texlive-backports/ppa and later the manual install via install-tl-unx.tar.gz. ...
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Best way to install packages for TeXLive in Ubuntu?

I want to install a package (specifically xlop). I'm using TeXLive on Ubuntu, and I don't really know my way around LaTeX. Can apt-get install or something similar be used?
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How should one maintain and update a MiKTeX installation?

Every once in a while after updating MiKTeX, the installation gets into an inconsistent state. This might be a problem with the packages (an example is described in this question), but sometimes ...
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How can I manually install a LaTeX package (Debian/Ubuntu Linux)? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I install an individual package on a Linux system? The Debian/Ubuntu archives typically include assemblies of many LaTeX packages for convenience of downloading ...
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What TeX software to write technical papers with?

I am a noob when it comes to TeX, however, I do use LaTeX for typing mathematical and engineering formulas, etc. Recently I have taken it upon myself to try and write some technical papers to try ...
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Relocate MiKTeX 2.9?

On my Windows 7, 64-bit machine MiKTeX lives in C:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.9. I'd like to move it to D:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.9. Is there a mostly painless way to do so, or should I just reinstall?
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How to install syntax highlight package minted on Windows 7?

I followed the instruction from this link: http://tug.ctan.org/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/minted/ Firstly, I install Python 2.7, then create a folder named Scripts in the directory: ...
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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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Setting the path to textlive installation, round 2

It seems like everytime I install textlive distro on one of my computers I have the same problem: peter@msideb:~$ tlmgr --gui bash: tlmgr: command not found The below reflects the current state of ...
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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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How to register my own packages or classes in a separate drive to TeX Live installation?

I create my own documentclasses and packages in some directory of tex\latex. The directory tex\latex itself might be in any other directory in any drive. I can register the packages/classes to Miktex ...
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How to install TeX on android phones?

I used VerbTeX app in my android phone. But this app do not support XeLaTeX. Also I need internet connection for using of that. Is there any distribution of TeX for android? How I can install TeX on ...
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How to install MathTime Pro 2 fonts on MikTeX

I have been trying for a long time now to install the MathTime Professional II (mtpro2) fonts on my system. (I am running MikTeX 2.9 under Windows 7, but what likely matters is "recent MikTeX, under ...
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How do I install a .dtx file?

When I run: tex algorithms.dtx for example, I get this message. ! Undefined control sequence. l.34 \documentclass {ltxdoc} ? Help?
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Does standalone LaTeX exist?

Is there a standalone version of LaTeX that might run of, say, a USB stick? So a version that doesn't need installing. I am looking for something to run under Windows.
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Configure TexnicCenter with something else than Adobe Reader X

My Adobe decided it should be version X now, and it misbehaves in so many ways. One way is that it is impossible to get it to open a pdf document from within TexnicCenter (or I missed something...) ...
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Using Excel2LaTeX in Excel 2010

I just installed Excel2LaTeX in Excel 2010. I do see it in add-ins. However, I cannot find a way to operate it. That is, there is no change in the ribbon area after the package was installed. How ...
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What LaTeX system should I use for an Ubuntu/Win7 dual boot environment?

I have a fresh install of a dual boot system with Windows 7 and Ubuntu 10.10. They live in separate partitions of the hard drive, invisible (unmounted...) to eachother, but have a common data ...
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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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Using Asymptote with MiKTeX

Asymptote is shipped out with TeX Live, but not with MiKTeX, not even with a full installation. Do you nonetheless know a way for manual installation? MiKTeX needs to know the path of the sty files, ...
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Problems installing MathTime Professional 2 font on TexLive

June 2014 update: on the basis of this page and the question here I have written an installer for the MathTime fonts that should work with Unix systems running TeX Live. The installer page is on my ...
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Does TeXLive2013 need any special install instructions?

When I installed TeXLive2012 on Linux some time ago, I had to follow How to install "vanilla" TeXLive on Debian or Ubuntu?. For the new release, as of yesterday, will I need to mimic the ...
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How to install LaTeX .zip package (from CTAN) using texhash on a 'nix system?

Is there an automated script which places files in the relevant directory tree in ~/texmf/ and is that all that is required to install a package (in addition to calling texhash on ~/texmf/)?
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Update / Install the newest version of LaTeX3

The developing of LaTeX3 goes on. However some feature will be improved or added. The LaTeX3 team can't upload every day a new version to CTAN. How can I install the newest version LaTeX3?
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How to make the rmligs script available globally on Windows?

Hopefully on-topic as about "(La)TeX related software and tools" I just learned about the rmligs script. Since it isn't available through MiKTeX (and neither through TeX Live), I downloaded the ...
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tlmgr: TeX Live 2011 is frozen forever

I recently installed TeX Live 2011 (basic) and ran tlmgr command. The output said No command 'tlmgr' found, did you mean..... As a remedy I exported the directory where tlmgr is located to $PATH ...
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How to use the Luximono font with TeX Live?

I've switched from MiKTeX 2.9 to TeX Live 2011 (pretest version). I've managed to integrate some third party fonts (included neither in MiKTeX nor in TeX Live) in my TEXMFLOCAL tree following the ...
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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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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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Why can't TeX Live's size be reduced?

I understand that the following question has been answered Why is the MacTeX distribution so large? Is there anything smaller for OS X? but my question differs from it. I just installed MacTeX and ...
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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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How to install arara with MiKTeX / Windows?

Arara is a tool to automate your LaTeX workflow. It comes pre-installed with TeXLive 2012. However, I could not find any reference on how to install it on MikTeX / Windows. In the documentation it ...
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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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MikTeX 2.9, install packages on the fly?

I set the Install Packages on the Fly setting to Yes and try to compile my document in Texmaker, but I still get the error File [...] not found, where [...] is the package I need. Basically, I need to ...
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Oldstylenums with Latin Modern (MiKTeX 2.9)

I'd like do get the nice oldstyle-numbers in my entire document. (Would there be a reason not to want them anywhere in a literature paper?) I use pdfTeX 1.40.11 via MiKTeX 2.9 and Latin Modern ...