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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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Repeatedly being stymied by missing packages using Texmaker

Ok, so I started using Texmaker to make PDF files, and I am being repeatedly stymied by missing packages. (Windows 7 OS here). Apparently, there is supposed to be a way for them to be downloaded ...
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Directory structure for a large CTAN package upload

I'm going to upload my first package to CTAN. But after reading all the upload guides from CTAN and TeXLive I'm still feeling daunted by the directory structure. My package is rather complex and by ...
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Best practice of (technically) preparing files (on Windows systems) for CTAN

Similar questions were asked before but I did not found one for the recently discovered problem. What I want to do is uploading a package to CTAN which is in good technical shape. I did this before ...
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Cross-platform package manager for packages *not* on CTAN [closed]

I do not want to reinvent the wheel, so perhaps you could help me find a tool that fits my needs. Background As far as I know, it takes some time to get a LaTeX package available on CTAN. And some ...
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How to find packages/classes

What is the "right" way to search for a package/class to solve a random problem? Whenever I need to find a new package or class, I never feel like I am doing it efficiently. I tend to use a mixture of ...
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Why does MiKTeX have old version of The Comprehensive LaTeX Symbol List?

On CTAN, the package named "Comprehensive" contains a version of The Comprehensive LaTeX Symbol List dated 09 November 2009. But the corresponding package on MiKTeX contains a version of the file ...
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How many LaTeX classes and packages are there (say, on CTAN)?

Well, the question is pretty self-explanatory. (I'm writing a short tutorial on LaTeX, and wanted some trivia;)).
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Is there a way to revert manually to earlier versions of a package?

Is there a way to revert manually to earlier versions of a package? I know this is a bit weird but I need previous versions of some packages for some reason.
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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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Where can I get the getfileversion package?

At the urls given in http://www.mail-archive.com/ctan-ann@dante.de/msg04518.html I cannot find the getfileversion package. (Using a popular search engine did not help either.) Where (and why) is the ...
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Where can one find old versions of packages released through CTAN? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Historical, stable version archive of packages Is it possible to find a list of downloadable archives for older versions packages released through CTAN? For example, ...
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Where to find a list of packages at CTAN?

I am looking for something similar to http://www-sop.inria.fr/apics/latex/styles-eng.html (but more recent than 2001) i.e. a list of packages/styles on CTAN containing package name - file name - ...
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Historical, stable version archive of packages

The author of marginfix / blockmargin is/was interested in a certain loss of functionality from one version of the marginfix package to the next. Out of interest and curiosity I wanted to see what ...
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Can I download CTAN packages from the command-line? (Ubuntu)

I'm reading this, where one of the respondents says to "get a package from CTAN". There are no installation instructions in the package mentioned. I've installed texlive-full and use the long-term ...
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Where can I find which packages are available as tds.zip?

When I need to install a package manually I much prefer to use the ready-zipped TEX Directory Structure-compliant version rather than install it manually with .dtx or .ins files. Normally when I want ...
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Naming a package built on TikZ

I am working on a package which builds on TikZ. How should I name it — tkz-foo or tikz-foo (foo is a placeholder). In CTAN both styles can be found: tikz- as well as tkz-. There are more tkz-named ...
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I'm not managing to download from CTAN. How can I select the mirror I use?

Yesterday I was stumped while not managing to download any package from CTAN. While I could navigate and browse the directories, any time I selected a file to download the request would time-out. A ...
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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 ...