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LuaLaTeX: use or don't use classical font packages?

In the lualatex-doc I am reading under "switching from LaTeX to LuaLaTeX": Don’t load inputenc, just encode your source in UTF-8. Don’t load fontenc, but load fontspec. Don’t use any package that ...
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Reference about “modern” LaTeX usage for scientific works

I am looking for a reference (book, free pdf, website) that would summarize the working of "modern" LaTeX for scientific works (I'm writing my master thesis). I know and have been using LaTeX for ...
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problems installing mathtools

There have been a few questions regarding installing this package in the past, but they now seem to be out of date. I'm using MiKTeX 2.9 and TexMaker. When I try \usepackage{mathtools} in TexMaker it ...
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Unload a LaTeX package

Is it possible to unload a LaTeX package? I have a preamble file which I use for most documents. Now suppose I want to use a preamble file preamble.tex and explicitly don't want to use one of the ...
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Easily assign undefined ligatures with pdfLaTeX?

Ulrike Fischer showed how Linux Libertine's special ligatures are accessible. Even though she also pointed me at a chapter of the LaTeX Graphics Companion, I'm not really sure how to get these ...
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Any nice packages for word alignment?

I want to visualize word alignments between sentence pairs, where the positions of aligned words may differ between the sentences, and a word in one sentence may be aligned to more than one word in ...
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Why is LaTeX separated into many thousands of packages?

This question might belong elsewhere but I figured if I posted it here I might come across someone that deals behind the scenes of LaTeX. I'm an assistant Linux Admin at my school and we install LaTeX ...
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Where can I find the changelog of TeX Live releases?

I know that TeX Live 2013 is now in beta and that there are already some new packages. I would like to know where the complete changelog will be available, when the new version will be released, and ...
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How do I declare an option that takes an input value?

I know I can declare and execute an option for my package using \DeclareOption{myoption}{\typeout{I did it!}} \ProcessOptions but now I'd like to give the option a value: ...
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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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Where is the documentation for the nth package

The ctan entry has no documentation and texdoc nth does not find an entry. Any idea where to find documentation for the package options?
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Automated removal of unneeded packages

As others certainly do, I generally use a template for my papers, which contains everything I usually need (packages, macros, ...) to typeset my documents. However, my needs sometimes vary, and in the ...
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Why are lstlang*.sty files from listings package loaded 3 times?

During compilation of the following MCE: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{listings} \lstset{language=TeX} \begin{document} \begin{lstlisting} Foo \end{lstlisting} \end{document} the lstlang*.sty ...
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Which packages should I recommend to postgraduates in different academic disciplines?

I'm preparing a list of package recommendations for an intermediate workshop on LaTeX. I avoided providing such a list at the introductory workshop as the tendency is to then add packages without ...
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How do I determine in which order packages have been loaded?

The \listfiles command will give the list of all loaded files (and therefore also packages) at the end of the .log file, but how do I determine from inside LaTeX, whether package A was loaded before ...
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Two conflicting packages in one document — doable?

I have two packages I want to use in the same document. Specifically musixtex and tengwarscript. However they do conflict. Both packages use some of the same commands, obviously for very different ...
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Conflict between amsthm and some other package

This is the preamble to a book I'm editing: \usepackage{amsmath} \usepackage{amssymb} \usepackage{xspace} \usepackage{proof} \usepackage{url} \usepackage{xy} \xyoption{all} \usepackage{amsthm} ...
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Package options and \RequirePackage: order of commands and option conflicts?

How do the options of a \RequirePackage command interact with options specified for that same package elsewhere? Here is an example: The pdfx package, if loaded with the a-1b-option, executes the ...
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I'm a cargo cult programmer …

... because I don't know why this works \def\my@addextraoption#1{% \xdef\my@extraoptions{% \@ifundefined{my@extraoptions}\@empty\my@extraoptions,% \zap@space#1 \@empty}} ...
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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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How to patch a package

I have a document that uses symbols both from the marvosym package as well as the eurosym package. There are two commands that clash and I get an error message (due to \newcommand being used and ...
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Spotcolor bleeds into the surrounding

This question led to a new package: xspotcolor I have a problem using spotcolor package. When using the package for redefining headers, titles, \emph etc. the color bleeds into the ...
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What's the difference between a class and a style?

What are the actual differences between the two? I am new to LaTeX and I need to create a custom "look & feel" -- should I be looking into making a class or a style?
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Survey or questionnaire document class or package?

I like to create surveys and questionnaires, what would be a good \documentclass or package to use?
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Does LaTeX allow for namespaces to eliminate the risk of package clashes?

I often get conflicts between distinct sty files, due to things as simple as variable names. The latest one was between proof.sty (which permits to more proofs automatically to the appendix) and ...
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Problem/solution environment

I'm writing a textbook and an accompanying solution manual. In the book, I have a series of exercises at the end of each chapter. As the number of chapters and exercises grows, I'm getting to the ...
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Is there a way to use a document class/package from another folder?

I am building a document class and a set of packages to be used as templates for various documents. I'd like to aviod having to copy those over to another folder every time I use them, but I'd also ...
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Typeset a dialogue?

I need to typeset a dialogue in LaTeX, it's for a translation assignment. The original dialogue does something like this: - I found it, I told him. My finger was in the book, where George Best's ...
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Why do AMS document classes incorporate amsthm rather than loading it?

Why do AMS document classes incorporate the amsthm package, rather than loading it using the usual \RequirePackage mechanism the way they load amsmath and amsfonts? The document classes even ...
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LaTeX on Gmail (GmailTex?) [closed]

I added GmailTex to talk about math with my friends via Gmail. However even if I type something like $3^n$, it doesn't turn into a superscript (I confirmed it by sending an email to me.) Do I need to ...
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Europass CV in (Xe)LaTeX

I was requested to re-write my CV in the Europass format, and I would like to do it using (preferably) XeLaTeX. I came across the europecv package, which seems to do the job just fine, but I would ...
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Macro or package for typesetting “LaTeX” (the name)?

I just realized there's a LaTeX package for printing the text of "lorem ipsum". Surely then, there's also a macro / package for writing "LaTeX" (with the proper super-/subscript) in a document. But ...
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meta packages and typesetting

Background(just ignore): Is there an exhaustive list of packages that you should load and of things you should do to improve your document? Here I mean packages and things that have to do with the ...
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Inserting a Creative Commons Licence into a LaTeX document

I'd like to insert a CC license on a manuscript (a book or report). I've seen the page for downloading the CC icons, and also some questions asked in the forum CC logo and Generate CC information. ...
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Placing items before \documentclass

When looking in books or at sample code, I always see \documentclass appearing first. Is that absolutely necessary? I have created some test code which seems to compile fine: \def\SetClass{article} ...
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Can I \usepackage with a full path?

As the name suggests - can I do something like: \usepackage{/home/nebffa/Desktop/maths/questions/fillwithlines.sty} LaTeX is throwing errors at me when I try to do it.
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texlive: How to determine which package a font is contained in?

I've written a script that repeatedly runs lualatex file.tex to install missing packages, but I'm having a hard time doing the same with missing fonts. When an error message like ! Font ...
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How to undo \usepackage?

I would like to use two packages which conflict with each others. I hope I can apply them separately whenever I need and then cancel them so as to solve the problem. Is it possible? For example, I ...
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What “font sets” can I access using packages?

I roughly know how fonts work in LaTeX but right know, I don't want to mess with the details. What I do want to do is to use: \usepackage{[lmodern|palatino|times|...]} to get matching sets of ...
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“!Missing $ inserted.” when using svn $Id$ keyword substitution

I'd like to to surface subversion revision numbers for use in the contents of my document. svninfo and svn packages rely on svn keyword substitution to accomplish this, but I get this error when I ...
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Did I misunderstand \RequirePackage? I don’t understand an option clash

Have a look at the following example, please. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{filecontents} \begin{filecontents}{my.sty} \RequirePackage{xcolor} \end{filecontents} \RequirePackage{my} ...
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What's the name of this timeline package in LaTeX?

I tried searching through many resources to identify the package that allows to create this type of time lines: but all in vain. Could anyone, please, point in the right direction?
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Obey spaces with URL package (path command)

Background Using the \path command from the URL package to mark-up directory paths. Some of the paths have spaces. Problem The preamble is set to: \usepackage{algorithm} \usepackage{booktabs} % ...
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Which packages/practices are relevant for writing Structured Derivations? (similar to Dijkstra's calculational style of proofs)

Does anyone know of any packages that support this style of writing proofs? The only things that I've found are: tex-ewd, a bunch of plain TeX macros on CTAN written specifically with Dijkstra in ...
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Is there a simple way to open “.sty” files by something similar to the “texdoc”?

Is there a simple way to open ".sty" files by something similar to the "texdoc"? I'm looking for something like texsty to simply open .sty files.
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.sty suffix (extension) for LaTeX packages

I understand that the suffix .cls stands for classes. Then, why packages don't have the suffix .pkg, but rather have .sty?
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Is there is a package so you can add text with visual effects like “WordArt” from “Word”

I am elaborating a business card style for LaTeX but I found out that even if I have the style and margin for the cards I can not make it look "pretty" like other text editors without overusing ...
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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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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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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.