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Installing Texlive on Debian x86-64 Platform

I had previously worked with the texlive distribution provided in the Debian repository, but I came across many inconveniences as a result of it being outdated (no tlmgr; forced to manually update and ...
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MikTeX Error Results from Boondox / Mathalfa LaTeX Font Package

New LaTeX user here. While reading this nice question and its answer, I discovered the "BOONDOX Calligraphic" font and tried to implement it in my document. I've been having some troubles, and after a ...
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MikTeX 2.9 without list of packages in settings program [closed]

Today I updated MikTeX and the process aborted. After that, the program does not show the list of packages in the update (admin) program. I changed the package repository address and the program ...
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Updating TeX on Linux

I am trying to use the algorithm, algorithmicx, and caption environment. In the log file I have Release 2.5 -- March 13 1995 -- and I have compiling errors which other people don't have. So I would ...
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How to create a table with long text and which packages use

Please, Help me inserting a table like this. I could not prepare this table easily because the long text i have to insert into the columns. I have been trying from some examples of stackechange but ...
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Should I use fix-cm?

I recently became aware of the existence of the fix-cm package. I've looked at the documentation in fixltx2e.pdf, but it's not clear to me exactly what the problem is that it fixes. Should I worry ...
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Why does url.sty appear in 3 different places in the TeX Directory Structure?

On my up-to-date MiKTeX system, there is a copy of url.sty in three different places in the TDS: texmf\tex\xelatex\xetexurl (part of MiKTeX package xetexurl, packaged on 2007-Sep-05) ...
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How to “un-use” a package?

When using packages in LaTeX (or XeLaTeX, in my case), I load packages with \usepackage[options]{package}, but how can I "un-use" the package later in the document? Is that even possible?
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Install downloaded package via tlmgr

I’d like to install a package (microtype 2.5 beta 4) under TeX Live that isn’t available in the official repository. Now, I know that it’s usually enough to put the package under ~/texmf/tex/latex/ ...
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What does the .def file do?

When downloading a new package and running tex packagename.ins you always get a bunch of files, including the .def file. It's also mentioned in the .sty file. Apparently it's a definition being ...
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Meaning of “Macro packages”, “TeX engines” and “Distributions” of TeX

I was wondering what relations and differences are between "Macro packages", "TeX engines" and "Distributions" of TeX? I saw these concepts when looking at the following table at the end of this ...
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(Nonfatal but Symptomatic) Conflict of amsmath and mathstyle Packages

This was brought to my attention by our colleague, Lover of Structure, but since it affects my scalerel package (which began using the mathstyle package to detect the current math style, as of version ...
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Error when updating texlive 2015

When I want to update packages of texlive 2015 I get this error? what is the problem? tlmgr update --list The locale codeset (cp720) isn't one that perl can decode, stopped at C:\texlive ...
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TeX Live OS X users: testing needed for “download on the fly” script?

Not sure if this is a strictly appropriate question (I hope so, because it has to do with TeX-related tools) but I need to know whether or not my texliveonfly.py script runs successfully on OS X. ...
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MikTex Packages Download Failure

I've just installed the Basic version of MikTex 2.9 When i compile a file using pdflatex , it attempts to download the package "miktex-zzdb1-2.9.tar.lzma" . It takes about 2-3 mins . Then it proceeds ...
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You have requested package `include/foo' but the package provides `foo'

I have the following files: my_folder/ include/ mypackage.sty main.tex The package's name is 'mypackage'. Now, in main.tex I do \usepackage{include/mypackage} using the file path ...
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Text affected by using txfonts package

I am using a \usepackage{txfonts} because of this symbol \multimapdotbothB but the body text or fonts are affected. How can this be not to be affected? \documentclass{article} \usepackage{lipsum} ...
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AucTeX (in Emacs) doesn't seem to find certain packages

I am using AucTeX in emacs v23 in PFD-mode. When invoking the pdflatex compiler through C-c C-c LaTeX I get a [...] file <some_package>.sty not found error for some particular packages. For ...
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tracklang.sty missing in miktex

I use Miktex 2.9.5105 32bit with Texmaker or TechnicCenter and with both of these programms I get an error while compiling: ! LaTeX Error: File `tracklang.sty' not found. Type X to quit or to ...
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Package to run multiple iterations of a variable, with compilation?

I guess this is somewhat similar to Animations in LaTeX, except what I would want is something like this: Say you have a .tex document, which uses some macro \tester as parameter. I'd like to load a ...
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Problems combining tikz and storebox: Missing number, treated as zero. With animate, page shipped out with text `graphicx`,

When I load both tikz and storebox and compile the following MWE, I get an error message ! Missing number, treated as zero.. When I additionally load animate, I get no error message, but a spurious ...
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Installing colortbl package

I have MiKTeX 2.9 basic installation (using Windows). When I go into the package manager and try to install colortbl package (to get colortbl.sty) I get the following message: Error response from ...
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Commutative diagram using TeX Writer

I bought an ipad app TeX writer and I am wondering if I can draw a commutative diagram. It includes the packages amslatex revtex4-1 IEEEtran babel cyrillic graphicx color xcolr geometry algorithm2e ...
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Missing .dll file prevents MiKTeX package manager from opening

I recently installed MiKTeX 2.9 on Windows 7 (64-bit; single-user installation), but shortly after I installed it, the Package Manager stopped opening. When I try to open it, I get the following ...
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tikz cd: ! I can't find file `librarycd.code.tex'

The cd package for tikz seems to be failing, or missing. I am using Kile in Ubuntu 10.4, and I installed all the tikz-related packages my package manager could find. MWE: ...
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How to maintain and import self-made libraries

Over the years I've written some libraries. These libraries sometimes depend on each other. As a result, the "tex" directory is structured as follows: tex ├── library | ├── library1.sty | ├── ...
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Can I avoid connecting to MiKTeX update server? [closed]

It seems that each time I try to update/install new packages, the MiKTeX update wizard will internally first connect to http://api.miktex.org/Repository.asmx. Is it possible to skip this step? It's ...
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How to combine lot of packages to one custom style package?

I write {\documentclass[10pt]{report} \usepackage{xcolor} \usepackage{geometry} \usepackage[pdftex,bookmarks=true]{hyperref} \usepackage{pdfpages} \usepackage{amsmath} \usepackage{amssymb} ...
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(Re)define \ref for chapter that includes the part number

Consider this MWE: \documentclass{book} \usepackage{xcolor} \pagecolor{yellow!10} \usepackage{trace} % avoid page breaks of \part, \chapter \makeatletter \renewcommand{\part}{\secdef \@part ...
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Using mathabx and MnSymbol in the same document

I'm not a computer expert, so when I simply include the lines \include{mathabx, MnSymbol} in a .tex file, compile it, and it gives me a bunch of errors, I don't know what to do... I'm running ...
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Is there a package to divide pages of A4 to 2 pages of A5 each?

When I read a pdf book in my iPod touch using iBook software in landscape mode, I must zoom in each page manually. It means if I proceed to each page, I must zoom in until the left-right margins get ...
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Set biblatex options after loading

I use biblatex with the following call: \usepackage[style=authoryear, mergedate=false, maxcitenames=1, mincitenames=1, maxbibnames=999, minbibnames=999, uniquename=false, ...
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How should I install the fullpage package under Ubuntu?

I am using Ubuntu Software Center. I found the package, click Install and it says that the package is installed. BUT when I tried to compile my .tex file it says LaTeX Error: File `fullpage.sty' ...
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Cannot find bibliography

I am working on my thesis and apparently, when compiling the file, it does not find any bibliography file, whereas this is actually located in the same path as my thesis file. The code I have is: ...
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Which package should I install to have the `fullpage.sty' file? [duplicate]

I am having the following error: File `fullpage.sty' not found. Which package should I install? Or more general question: when some file is missing, how should I find the right package?
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Do I need a specific package for “\N”

The wikepedia page Folge has this formula (under Formale Definition) \begin{matrix} a:&\N &\to &X\\ & i &\mapsto &a_i, \end{matrix} where \N is used for the set of natural ...
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document class for a restaurant menu

I'd like to typeset a restaurant menu. What would be a good document class or package to use? I'm hoping for an answer similar to this thread: Survey Document Class or Package?
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How to create a crossword puzzle in LaTeX?

As the title already states I'd like to know how to create a crossword puzzle in LaTeX. Any ideas?
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Why use .sty files?

Why is it preferable to put inclusions of commonly used packages and user defined commands in a .sty file instead of putting them in an ordinary .tex file?
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How to install a latex package in MacOS TeXLive?

I just downloaded cyrillic package into a temp directory and executed: sudo latex cyrlatex.ins It works, but it produces a few dozen files in the same directory. How to place them into my TeXLive ...
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Typesetting a poem book for manual binding

I would like to typeset a poem book, which I am planning to print then stitch and bind manually. My requirements are: The book should be printed on A4 paper, with two A5 pages on each side. It ...
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Why doesn't LaTeX interpret `(` as `\left(` and `)` as `\right)`?

First of all I love LaTeX/MathJax; I use it a lot, but there are couple of things I hate about it. Sometimes the code becomes so messy that I almost can't read it without looking at the output, while ...
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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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How to tell people why packages become deprecated and shouldn't be used anymore?

I'm working with LaTeX for a while now. Writing more and more documents I've learned that there are packages that should not be used or got replaced by others. Looking into files my friends or ...
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Shortcuts and/or user-defined shortcuts for math symbols in LaTeX?

I am very new to being able to use LaTeX to type up mathematical papers, and I just got my "system" set up. Currently I have installed TexWorks, and MikTex, and I have put together a 'hello world' ...
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Is there a package that can automatically sort items based on tags?

For example, I write a problem booklet with a ton of problems. I don't want to use a database. In the input file, I write as follows. \pro{geometry} Find the area of ... \endpro \pro{trigonometry} ...
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Barebones or Packages

As a relatively novice LaTeX user, is it OK to plunge right into using the helpful packages out there, or is it better to stick to core LaTeX primitives and packages so as learn the mechanics of ...
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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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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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Good method for typesetting meeting minutes?

Can anyone suggest a good way of formatting minutes from business meetings? [Update:] I'm particularly looking for an easy way to have an 'action items' column at the right side, and possibly a ...