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Best practice for control flow charts

I wanted to plot a flow chart graph which looks similar to this diagram: that comes from this source. Which package would be best for that? I don't want to use pstricks
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Is there a common set of packages that is available in every distribution?

Or at least in most distributions...
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Error in TeX Live – Font … not loadable: Metric (TFM) file not found

I freshly installed 'basic' version of TeX Live 2012 (not full, only basic version). I have following line in my code: \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} I get following error: ...
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Drawing Solids with LaTeX

I want to know if there is a package that automatically draw solids (spheres, cylinders, cubes, prisms). I know I can do this kind of drawing using TikZ or PSTricks. But what about a package where ...
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ConTeXt using LaTeX style files

I've just discovered ConTeXt for the first time, and it looks pretty sweet. However, it is near-useless to me if I cannot use LaTeX style files for formatting (i.e. for journal/conference papers). ...
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Drawing Lattice/Trellis Graphs using PGF/TikZ

I am trying to draw a graph containing lattice points and vectors. I wish it to look something like this: I am not sure how to go about it, however, I would ideally like to be able to use ...
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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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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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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 “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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LaTeX templates/packages for writing a patent specification

Are there any templates or useful packages for writing a patent specification, such as the ones in this collection?
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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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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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Inconsolata missing after MiKTeX update

I just ran the MiKTeX Updater and there was an update for Inconsolata. I also refreshed the FNDB and it is listed as installed in the Package Manager, but when I try to compile my documents that have ...
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How to warn if a package hasn't been loaded

Is it possible to emit a warning if a package hasn't been loaded? If possible, I would prefer that the solution not require \usepackage{ifthen} as it couldn't emit the warning that it was missing the ...
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How to create conditionals in a document class for latex?

I am trying to write a document class highschool.cls for the high school research papers in our school based on the book.cls in order to make the format of the papers standardized. I am trying to ...
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Is there a package to create Optical Mark Reader answer-sheets?

Is there a package to create Optical Mark Reader answer-sheets (aka bubble sheet)? EDIT 1: No choice. I think I must use PSTricks and \multido to make it.
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Looking for an ebook about typography that used to be part of a package

Sorry for asking, but an iron-curtain seems to have settled in my brain... I'm looking for a ebook about typography and how to best write/typeset a book. It used to be part of the documentation for ...
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Conflict between steinmetz.sty and cancel.sty. Is there a solution?

The two packages conflict, as can be seen in this MWE: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{steinmetz} \usepackage{cancel} \begin{document} $\cancelto{0}{a+b}$ \end{document} When the steinmetz ...
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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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Installing several versions of a package

Sometimes it would be convenient to have several versions of a package installed at once. For example I’d like to have a development version of TikZ for my own work and the current stable version to ...
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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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Command for transverse, and not \pitchfork, as used in Guillemin and Pollack

In Guillemin and Pollack's Differential Topology book, they use the notion of transverse, but not the \pitchfork to denote it. It is very similar, but has a 'T' in it instead of just a ' | ' in ...
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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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Hide solution when using xlop

I'm using xlop to display primary school style addition/subtraction/mul/div problems. When using \opadd{1}{2} for example, It will solve the equation. How do you hide the solution so it is suitable ...
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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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Is there a difference between texconfig rehash and mktexlsr?

With reference to this answer; Is there a difference between texconfig hash and mktexlsr? For example: Is sudo texconfig rehash able to clean up ls-R in cases where mktexlsr remains deficient? or; ...
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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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Is there a LaTeX package for conference event programs?

I'm helping to organize a symposium, and I'd like to generate the event programs with LaTeX. Is there an appropriate package for this, or should I do it by hand? Thanks in advance!
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What is a good format or package for writing a commentary about a paper?

I often find myself writing commentaries on scientific papers. By this I mean an informal document written to collect all my comments regarding a peer reviewed publication (which is often about 10 ...
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XeTeX: better using system fonts or packages?

I've recently switched to XeTeX. In my document I use this code to set the fonts: \usepackage[math-style=ISO,bold-style=ISO]{unicode-math} \usepackage{xunicode} \usepackage{fontspec} ...
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How to automatically generate Venn diagrams given the inclusion relations? [closed]

I'm writing a paper about classes of formal languages, and I'd like to have a diagram showing their heirarchy. Something similar to this (from Wikipedia:) Is there a LaTeX package which, I can give ...
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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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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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MinionPro on Mac OS X

Has anyone been able to install the MinionPro package on OS X? I usually install (and update) TeX Live through MacPorts and the first package I have ever found that wasn't already included is ...
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LaTeX command with optional arguments

While writing lecture notes from statistical physics I found out, that I am often writing very similar long LaTeX sequences like \frac{\partial }{\partial <foo>} \frac{\partial ...
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Where can I find documentation about TikZ/TikZPicture?

When looking for different packages of creating timelines, I came across the following one: \documentclass[12pt]{article} \usepackage[a4paper]{geometry} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{snakes} ...
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Defining a new command for making functional lines / package

As you have probably guessed from the title my mother tounge is not English. Therefore I have no idea if "Functional lines" is the correct term for what I am looking for. Basically I am looking to ...
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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 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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How do I edit a package?

I downloaded a package from an article template. The thing is that I want to edit it, but don´t know how to do it.
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How does \usepackage work?

I have a style file which includes another .sty file with \usepackage. Everything works fine. Since this is a small file written by myself I decided to insert it verbatim at the same place were I use ...
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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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Creating document like this [closed]

I am trying to create a handout like the one in the following link. Image: But I can't get it. Can someone help me create such a document.
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Resources for learning about contributed packages

The "LaTeX2e Reference Manual" contains a lot of useful information about various commands. Is there any larger resource or book containing similar shorts descriptions of commands, but that also ...
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Why do I get an error “Too many }'s” when using package doublespace?

When I use pdfLaTeX to compile this document: \documentclass[12pt]{article} \usepackage{graphicx} \usepackage{doublespace} \usepackage{todonotes} \begin{document} \begin{figure} ...
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*.sty file not found

This question is very similar to a previous post: Where do I place my own .sty files, to make them available to all my .tex files? I am using MiKTeX 2.9 and TeXnicCenter to compose and execute my ...
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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 it safe to update LaTeX package with tlmgr on debian?

I using debian (unstable) and have installed most of my LaTeX packages from the official repositories (except few ones which I copied directly inside a folder recognized by texhash). I just learned ...
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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' ...