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TeX Live 2013 updates after the release on June 18 (have the pretest version)

i downloaded the pretest of TeX Live 2013 in May and it installed fine and compiles my documents just fine. However, now i wanted to update the pretest version via tlmgr by specifying a normal CTAN ...
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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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Conflict between program and todonotes package

I want to add some pseudo-like code to my document using the program package, but when I add the package to my document, I get the following errors. I found out the problem being caused by a conflict ...
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Loading a package conditionally

Is it possible to load some package from a .sty file only if some option is selected? (Naive approach \DeclareOption{something}{\RequirePackage{something}} doesn't work.)
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Are there any packages similar to fncychap?

I use fncychap this way: \usepackage[Conny]{fncychap} This lets me have pretty decent chapters, ToC and title page design. But the options are scarce and too popular. Are there any other packages ...
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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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How to draw fully packed loops on medial lattice?

I want to draw a variant of the following figure, [Figure 22 of Freedman et al, Annals of Physics,310(2):428–492, April 2004.] The lattice and dashed lines are easy. Using two for loops ...
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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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Is there a way to limit the scope of \usepackage?

When I tried to use the breqn package suggested by an answer to the question How do I break a long equation over lines It managed to break a whole bunch of unrelated equations (equations that did ...
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Typesetting permutations with latex

I split the question into two parts and included some answers. 1. Alternatives to the permute-package The permute-package is very old (version 0.2, 1999) and can lead to problems in connection with ...
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Is there a document class or package specifically for drafting United States legal documents?

I recently drafted a non-disclosure agreement in TeX using the document class article. I liked doing this a lot and I intend to continue doing my legal paperwork in TeX. Do document classes or ...
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Package for more creative text formatting in latex

What is a reasonable package to be used for realizing something like the following example (including image altered): The source is ...
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Are there any packages for creating charts?

I'm looking for a package in which you can create nice bar and/or line charts in LaTeX. Currently I'm plotting the charts in Calc (OpenOffice), export it to a PDF document, crop it and then including ...
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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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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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Is there a simple way to use the gentium font in latex?

I'd like to use the gentium font in a LaTeX document, and the instructions I found at this site make it look rather difficult. Is there a simple package that is now available that would allow me to ...
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Is it safe to use the TeX Live Update utility while compiling documents?

I just started the TeX Live Update utility and saw that quite some packages were updated on the server. I proceeded to update all outdated packages, but this takes a while. Is it safe (in terms of ...
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How to implement a command that checks for loaded packages?

I use the following code to check if a package is loaded: \RequirePackage{ltxcmds} \newcommand{\IfPackageLoaded}[2]{\ltx@ifpackageloaded{#1}{#2}{}} However, sometimes I want to check if more than ...
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Is it faster to load packages together or not?

I would like to know that which one of the following commands is faster in running? ‎‎\usepackage{A,B,C,...}‎ or ‎\usepackage{A}‎ ‎\usepackage{B}‎ ‎\usepackage{C}‎ ... Thanks
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Is there a database of Tex/LaTeX package bugs where one can report or track status?

I recently stumbled across an annoying flaw in a package that I require, which pretty much makes a mess of good chunk of my documents. That made me wonder whether there was some central repository of ...
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Is there a package to secure rendered pdf with a password?

Is there a package and command that can secure rendered pdf with a password?
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Availability of LaTeX packages' functionality in ConTeXt, XeTeX, and LuaTeX

I am considering trying out ConTeXt, XeTeX, and LuaTeX, but one concern of mine is the fact that I am using a large number of LaTeX packages. There are a number of questions comparing these TeX ...
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How frequently should one update packages?

When programming, I take some care regarding updating of external dependencies, to be sure that my code isn't affected. With LaTeX (I'm using MikTeX), it seems harder to know when I should update ...
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Package ifpdf Error

I am trying to use amspset. Here is my minimum code: \documentclass[12pt,letterpaper]{amspset} \usepackage[margin=1in]{geometry} \usepackage{graphicx} % info for header block in upper right hand ...
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Publishing a package update on CTAN?

This is one of the questions I get on and off, so I thought I'd post about it. A couple of times, I've ended up with a situation where I need to modify code in a CTAN package proper - that is, I ...
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How to generate a TeX-file containing information of all installed packages of an actual TeXLive

Is it possible to generate a TeX-file with all information needed about the installed packages of a TeXLive distribution? If you want only certain elements of the table, you can use this snippet. :-) ...
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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 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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How to resolve conflicts in symbol packages?

I want to use symbols from wasysym and marvosym packages: \usepackage{wasysym} \usepackage{marvosym} but it gives an errors as both packages have the command of \CheckedBox. I do not want to use ...
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Easy command or package for properly formatted integrals?

I like to format my integrals so that there is less space between the integral sign and the integrand, more space between the integrand and differential, and so that the differential is upright. ...
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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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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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A package to make stickers?

I would like to make stickers for envelopes. Each sticker would contain data about one recipient of the letter. I would like to be able to have this data in some text format (CSV) and that LaTeX would ...
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How to store the document's style file in a subdirectory?

I have a journal specific document style as two files svglov3.clo and svjour3.cls. I don't want to install them, so I keep them in the article's current directory. But I like to keep only the files ...
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Determining which TeX Live collection a package belongs to

When using the TeX Live Manager or browsing CTAN, sometimes I want to know what TeX Live collection a particular package is found in. What is a convenient way to check?
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Using \BeforePackage to load a package before hyperref does not work

I am using the lipics document class, which includes hyperref. I want to load the float package, which should be loaded before hyperref, without changing the document class. As suggested in this ...
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Is there an “endproof” package?

You may be familiar with the endfloat package, which moves all figures and tables to the end of your document. Is there a similar package for achieving that kind of results with proof environments ...
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What are good packages / techniques for writing more readable LaTeX *code*?

A while ago I stumbled upon the semantic package --- its 'math ligatures' feature in particular --- and the whole way in which I write math-code in LaTeX changed. Instead of \[ \sem{\sigma}_s^x ...
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Looking for style files for writing a programming language book

I am looking for LaTeX style files for writing a programming language book (OO programming with Java examples). I'd appreciate if anyone can point me to style files that I can use.
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Turn off locally one package

In the following code, I would like to show two different formatting styles: one using the package nath output, and another showing the default output. How can I do that? % Source : ...
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How to use \bigtimes without pain

I've been fighting with mathabx lately and it's not really worth my time, so I tried switching to MnSymbol which also modifies some of my regular symbols. Is the best solution just to make my own ...
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Loading a package more than once

What would happen when you load a package more than once, say via \usepackage{<package>} or \RequirePackage{<package>}. For example: \documentclass{book} \usepackage{geometry} ...
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How to programmatically detect if a LaTeX package is installed?

I am writing a program, and I want it to do different things depending on which LaTeX packages have been installed. My current solution is to automatically generate simple .tex files that \usepackage ...
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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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“Killmargins” package?

Editors such as "Gummi" show a split-screen with the LaTeX source code on the left, and a preview of the later document on the right. However, having a substantial paper margin makes editing more ...
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Good (latex) package for typesetting bible quotations?

I'm in the market for a good package for typesetting quotations from the bible. Got any suggestions?
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Conditionally use package and define command

I'm creating a class which should define a command if some package is available: \IfFileExists{eforms.sty}{ \usepackage[xetex]{eforms} \everyTextField{\textFont{GaramondNo8}\textSize{12}} ...
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Generating single random sentences

lipsum, blindtext and kantlipsum all seem to default to producing paragraphs, whereas I want them to generate individual sentences. From the documentation, it looks as if it should be possible to ...
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Loading a font via package or fontspec

In Xe(La)TeX, what is the difference between loading a font via its package, i. e. \usepackage{tgpagella}, and loading it through fontspec (\fontspec{TeX Gyre Pagella}). When loaded with the package, ...
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Mail-merging documents from a database

I use the term database loosely here -- it can be an actual database, or a spreadsheet (in any format including CSV) or can be package-dependent. Is there a way to create mail-merged documents ...