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lgrxenc.def not nound

Yesterday I've finally reinstalled my TeXLive to the version of 2014. While compiling, I have the following error: fontec.sty Package fontenc Error: Encoding file `lgrxenc.def' not found ...
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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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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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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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How to evaluate an expression before printing it?

Start of Edit In response to the comments I have added the following mwe: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \begin{document} Let's see if this prints: \pgfmathparse{sin(60)}. \end{document} ...
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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 ...
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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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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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How to use hyph-utf8 correctly?

I'm using MiKTeX and pdfLaTeX and the package manager tells me that hyph-utf8 is installed and auto-download of packages is activated, too. But when I do \usepackage{hyph-utf8}, because I hope that ...
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Citing TikZ and other packages

In some areas of maths, it is advised to cite mathematical and drawing software you use to make your computations and drawings. Since I draw in TikZ, I would like to know how officially cite the ...
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Is it safe to “renewcommand” \SS? (Which packages use \SS command?)

I've tried to set \newcommand{\SS}{\mathcal{S}} in the preamble but I've discovered that this command is already defined. So, I tried native command on my code and I've found that it is a "simple" ...
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Correct way to distribute/embed an image in a LaTeX package/document?

I am creating a new document class that needs to render an image (e.g., a logo) on the title page. What is the correct way to distribute image with the class? Should the image file be distributed ...
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classics package throws weird error message

I can't get any documents built with the classics package to compile at all, including the package documentation source file. I have the package (v0.1 2013/02/02) installed correctly in my tex distro ...
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Solution for typesetting interviews in LaTeX?

Are there any packages for typesetting interviews in LaTeX? Of course, I could manually format all the text but I am sure that there are typographical rules for interview sections that I would ...
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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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How do I set the documentation PDF for my package?

I wanted to check the syntax of something in one of my packages, and rather than hunt for the file on my system I just did texdoc hobby on the command line. To my dismay, this brought up the PDF ...
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Unable to connect to repository in MiKTeX 2.9

In MiKTeX 2.9 Package manager, when I'm trying to synchronize it writes me a message: "The remote package repository is not online...", but I'know server is online (I can use FTP to download packages ...
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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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How to get a list of valid commands?

I want to dynamically create a list of LaTeX commands that are valid in a particular file based on the packages used so that I can use them for code completion. Does LaTeX provide a method for ...
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How to call a package added previously

I'm using the package mcode to show matlab code in my thesis. This package requires the xcolor package so it automatically loads it. My problem is that I have to call the table option in the xcolor ...
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Using package locally

Is there a way to use a package locally? Here is the case... I NEED to use \phiup on my document, however it needs the using of package pxfonts or txfonts. However, when I use either of those ...
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How do I detect the options passed to the documentclass from my own style?

In the listings package, they note that "a global \documentclass-option draft is recognized, so you don’t need to repeat it as a package option" I tried looking into its source to see how it ...
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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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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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How to type permutations with commas a bit faster?

Is it possible to use a package or something to make typing permutations a bit faster? I now have to type $(a,b,c,d)$ in the best case, but I'd like to do something like \Pm{a b c d}. Can I do that?
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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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Lipsum text generator for an index

Is there something like lipsum package but for generating an index?
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Package to indent and syntax highlight C++ code

I am looking for a package to have an environment for C++ source code, with options for syntax highlighting, automatic indentation, proper multipage behavior, etc. I read something about the listings ...
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Displaystyle Package?

I am curious to know if there is a display style package, or something that would produce the same effect. You see, I get tired of constantly having to type \displaystyle, and making sure that it is ...
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Potential side-effects associated with a dash in a package/class name?

Common practice for naming packages and classes seems to be, using regex-like notation: [a-z][a-z0-9]* In other words, the name usually starts by a lowercase letter, followed by any sequence of ...
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Put all package options into one command

The title might not be perfect, but what I want to achieve is: Inside my own package mypackage.sty, I would like to have a command, say \allpackageoptions, which should have stored the entire package ...
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Can someone explain this weird font behavior? (EBGaramond-Maths)

I am using the package EBGaramond-Maths. This font is missing the symbols for these commands (from documentation): \leftharpoonup \triangleright \flat \smile \leftharpoondown \triangleleft \natural ...
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Diagrams package that allows to draw computer buffers (memory diagrams)

I'm writing a document that explains internals of memory buffers and computers and I'm looking for a LaTeX package that would allow me to create diagrams similar to the following: Circular buffer: ...
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What packages provide text/command substitution for LaTeX, XeTeX and LuaLaTeX?

I am aware of the following: xesearch - Allows both text and command substitution. Only for XeLaTeX Simple example: \usepackage{xesearch} \SearchList{list1}{Hello}}{hlw} Any time "hlw" is ...
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Define numeric variables

I would like to define some variables in a tex document. For example, I write in .tex something similar as: Our tool succeeds to validate x samples by Method A, and y samples by Method B. Thus its ...
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Installing the comicsans package to MiKTeX

Consider this question theoretical in nature; an exercise to understand the TDS tree structure better. Assume one were attempting to install the comicsans package, which is part of neither of the two ...
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LaTeX template for Lecture notes

Looking for some good templates for creating lecture notes to be given to students. Mainly for computer science subjects. More frequently need short lecture notes.
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Decimal Long Division

Does anyone know of a package or macro that handles decimal long division? For example, I want to convert 3/8 to a decimal and show all of the steps. I found a macro for longdiv that works great for ...
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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 ...
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Using a single symbol from kpfonts

I would need some help by extracting the "\varprod"-symbol from the kpfonts package. Similar to how it is done here for the subset-symbol of the mathabx package. Although there is a description how to ...
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Automatic tabulars : create a table from a list

I just found out about the commands \autorows and \autocols in the memoir class that will wrap a list into a table. For example \autorows{c}{5}{l}{one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, ...
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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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How to install the package “slashbox” using tlmgr?

I'd like to install the package slashbox to my MacTex/TeXlive installation (on Mac OSX) using tlmgr. The package seems to be still available on CTAN, but my attempts to install it, failed: sudo tlmgr ...
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Middle English Yogh character

I was wondering if anyone knows of a package which supports the Middle English character yogh - that's Ȝ (U+021C) ȝ (U+021D). In TIPA, there is the character ezh - that's Ʒ (U+01B7) ʒ (U+0292). Ezh is ...