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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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Which package should I use for doing a connecting homomorphism diagram like this in latex

which package should I use for doing a diagram like this in latex:
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How can I automate “regression testing” for LaTeX documents, when updating packages?

I recently asked a related question about how often one should update LaTeX packages. Supposing that I update a bunch of packages in one go, or regularly update with only a few packages changing, how ...
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Is there an interactive TeX interpreter?

Some times I need to check the typesetting - wither I've made a formula right. For such cases I need to have an interactive TeX interpreter -- with no customisations - I just want to check the ...
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How do I find which pgf version I have installed on Windows (MikTeX)?

I'm not sure how to find which version of pgf with MikTeX installed on my computer (Windows 7 - 64 bit).
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Strikeout - when which package ? ( ulem vs soul vs …)

When to use which package for strikeout? I see answers : \usepackage{ulem} \sout{Hello World} or \usepackage{soul} \st{Hello world} or \usepackage{cancel} \cancel{Hello world} In what ...
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Is there a package for warning about unbalanced delimiters?

I'm copy-editing a rather lengthy set theory book. One thing I'd like to check systematically is whether all left-right unambiguous delimiters (parentheses brackets curly, square and angle) are ...
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Require a certain (or later) version of a package?

Is there a way to enforce that a certain version, or a later version, of a package is loaded when building the document? I've found that compiling a document on another platform, where the package ...
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Problem randomizing answers in eqexam [closed]

I'm trying to use the eqexam package to randomize answers to multiple choice questions in an exam. The package works without options, but when I include the allowrandomize option needed for this ...
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Global key-value dictionary

Is there any package that implements a data structure that provides a key-value mapping (akin to Python's dict)? The keys will be user input and may contain spaces and non-ASCII characters. I would ...
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Collaborating with the non-TeX-savvy

What tips do you have for collaborating on a LaTeX document with people who may not be as TeX savvy as you? For one example and potential problem case: Consider you have a set of new commands and ...
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Is there a way to load additional packages specified in the document environment?

It seems strange but I really need this. Is there a built-in macro to load additional packages specified in the document environment? % main.tex \documentclass{article} \begin{document} ...
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Including package to create MATLAB labels using LaTeX

When using LaTeX as the interpreter to typeset labels in MATLAB it would be great to be able to include packages to customize appearance. Is this possible? As of now I know no method to create non ...
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Installing new style packages on a Mac [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I add a .sty file to my MacTeX/TeXShop installation? I am using a mac and want to install the acm style. where do i add the downloaded packages so that tex can ...
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efrench vs frenchb

What are the differences between efrench and frenchb? Are they compatible with one another (for example the use of \og and fg in frenchb)? Why is efrench not in TeXLive even though its documentation ...
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How do you download packages for TeXworks on Windows 7?

I am using TeXworks on Windows 7 and I want to use the algorithmic package. However, when I try to include it it just says I need to download that package, but I can't figure out how to download it ...
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LaTeX fails to find my .sty file

! LaTeX Error: File `mypackage.sty' not found. Type X to quit or <RETURN> to proceed, or enter new name. (Default extension: sty) I am getting the above error message in Ubuntu 10.10. I used ...
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Converting sty and bst files to lyx layout

I want to write a paper for a conference that requires the use of a specific style-sheet, see here: http://www.acl2012.org/call/sub01.asp under "ACL 2012 Style Files". I would like to use LyX for ...
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Why does picins exist in MikTeX but it does not exist in TeX Live?

If picins is not free, why does it exist in MikTeX?
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How to use Verdana under Mac OS?

I am trying to use the Verdana font in LaTeX under Mac OS X. I have found some packages, like verdana or winfonts but I can't get around to install them. Can someone enlighten me of the best way to ...
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Why does amsmath print a warning about a foreign command?

I was wondering what was the cause of the following warning message with the specific \usepackage used below: Using the following: Preamble \documentclass[amssymb,twocolumn,aps]{revtex4} ...
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Pros and cons of package use in a class/package

Consider a package (or class) which provides macros with two optional arguments. One could (i) use twoopt. The code in the .sty-file is easy to read and, consequently, to understand. (ii) handcode ...
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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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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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Inserting document compiled from LaTex code inside a .tex file

Is there a way to insert a document within a document? The inserted code is fully .tex compliant and could be compiled as a document on its own. I envision an article document, where inside the ...
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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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Using usepackage twice with the same package name

I've seen duplicated package inclusion multiple times in questions. I've looming memories of comments like "it's a really bad thing to do" (which I couldn't find). I was wondering what are the ...
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Printing stamp albums

Is there any TeX package well suited for producing stamp albums? Some examples of stamp album pages can be seen here, here, here or here. In particular, captions can go anywhere around the frames ...
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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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Hyperref is loaded by the class, and I need to load packages that are supposed to be loaded before

I am using the lipics documentclass, which loads hyperref. Since I want my figures boxed, I added the following \usepackage{float} \floatstyle{boxed} \restylefloat{figure} The problem: I receive ...
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Package switches within the document?

Many packages come with switches, to be defined in the preamble. Is it possible to hit such a switch also in the body of the document? Example: Can I switch from the functionality of ...
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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 to get only one symbol from a symbol package?

I need to use the \Writinghand symbol from the package marvosym.sty. But, for some reason, loading this package raises an error: (/usr/local/texlive/2013/texmf-dist/tex/latex/ifsym/ifsym.sty ...
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Shipout line like Shipout page

In lineno package guide, I found: Attaching line numbers after TeX has broken the paragraph into lines is already quite a difficult job for TeX. Why? Because TeX does not normally give you any ...
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What's the right order when loading packages? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Non-commutative packages I remember reading in some reference guide that the order of loading packages with \usepackage in principle doesn't matter. Real life, however, ...
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randtext not working

All \randomize{} does in the following MWE is removing the space between the words. I wonder why the text is not randomised. \documentclass{article} \usepackage[english]{babel} ...
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Which package includes \Rho? (Big rho) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to look up a symbol? Why can I only use some capital greek letters inside my equations? I want to use the big rho (\Rho) in my document but can not find a package ...
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Is there a way to create a standalone folder/document with non standard packages?

I am working on an article which will be compiled on another machines (of somebody else). I don't want to depend on the other person to install missing packages. Is there a way to include them with ...
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Including .tex files that need a different style file than the main text

EDIT: Substantial edit of the original version has been done to clarify the question. Background I've written two small python package manuals with sphinx (http://sphinx-doc.org/) a program that ...
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Linespacing LaTeX for just a few lines

How can I increase the linespacing for just a few lines of code in LaTex?
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wasysym symbols render to something different

I would like to use the wasysym package to get access to characters such as lightning and clock. However, the following MWE for me gives different symbols. \documentclass{article} ...
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Packages for documenting self written packages (sty-files)

I am looking for packages useful for creating a documentation for a self written package. I have found doc, but the documentation ltxdoc.pdf did not give me any useful example. Also I know of ...
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Bundle packages with a document

I'd like to have my LaTeX document be self-contained, that is, if I move to another computer I'd like all of my non-standard packages to work without first installing them. For simple enough packages ...
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Using a package only for certain tables

I am using the tabularx environment since it the X component of the columns is very useful and necessary for the tables I want to produce. However, a single one of my tables is longer that a page, and ...
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Problem with \cdashline and package arydshln

I have a problem with \cdashline. I use the \cdashline in a matrix but I have an error with \usepackage{arydshln} I think: ! Use of \x doesn't match its definition. \LT@array ->\adl@arrayinit ...
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Problem with “Package pgfkeys Error”

I am trying to create a color box using tcolorbox package. source code is like this- \documentclass[11pt]{article} \usepackage[top=.5in, bottom=.5in, left=1in, right=1in]{geometry} ...
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What are the steps for installing 'xcharter'?

I would like to install and use the xcharter package, but am unclear on the steps involved. There are what appear to be instructions provided with the package, but I don't understand them. Is it ...
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How to add unavailable document class for LyX on Linux?

I need the IEEEtran document class, and LyX asked for IEEEtran.cls. I have found it googling, now how do I install it? I've found a similar questions but that's for LyX on Mac; but I'm on Ubuntu (not ...
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Automatic \newpage for sections at the end of a page [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Avoiding page breaks shortly after section/subsection headings Imagine that I've got a \section (or \subsection, \subsubsecion, \paragraph) at the end of the page X: in ...
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Package for UML component diagrams? [closed]

Do you know any package to model component diagrams of UML? There are some packages like tikz-uml that support class diagrams or sequence diagrams, but I haven't found any for component diagrams. Any ...