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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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How do I diagnose problems with a fresh install/update of a TeX distribution?

Here's the (hypothetical) scenario: I've updated my TeX distribution in some fashion. Now all of a sudden, a package that used to work just fine is no longer working. Of course, the list of what ...
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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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Bug in polylongdiv?

\documentclass{article} \usepackage{polynom} \begin{document} \polylongdiv{x^4-1}{x^3+x^2} \end{document} It leaves out the first x in the quotient. How can I fix this?
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how to use MnSymbol along with other packages

I'm writing a file about algebraic topology, which means that I need all sorts of mathematical symbols, along with many various packages. I tried to use MnSymbol for its various arrows, only to find ...
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Installing/downloading packages

I am an absolute beginner to LaTeX. And I'm following the Wikibooks tutorial. I am at the part where it talks about packages. It doesn't really explain where to download and install them. So where do ...
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beamer over miktex 2.9 is not working with math environment

I have this problem where I can't built slide documents with beamer every time I include a math environment as simple as $\mu = A$. The log file posts this message at the end: !pdfTeX error: ...
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Malayalam package

Sorry if I am repeating, but I do not seem to see my post here. Does anybody know of a Malayalam language package. I am working on a Mac running Leopard.
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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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Math mode commands with more semantics?

I accustomed myself to define my own little macros for any mathematical expression I use frequently. For example, I have a macro for the expected value of a random variable: ...
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Comparison of plotting packages

I was wondering what some differences and relation between common plotting packages/environment: picture environment PGF/TikZ PSTricks and some others that are also common but I don't know yet ...
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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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Do commented out options slow down compilation?

My main TeX template has a whole bunch of commented out packages and options (so that when I need a package, I can just skim my preamble and comment out the right thing, rather than try and remember ...
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Are ae and aeguill only needed when using CM fonts?

I am using the memoir class with the option extrafontsizes so as I understood this uses the LM fonts and at the same time set the T1 encoding. If this is correct, are the packages ae and aeguill ...
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Can I create a 'plugin' for TeX Live?

I'm creating a couple of packages that I'd like to make as easy as possible to install and manage with standard TeX package managers. (I'm trying to create an 'as plug and play as possible' package ...
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Is there any support for Esperanto in LaTeX?

Is Esperanto supported by LaTeX? And, if so, are there any required packages?
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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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Hiding and unhiding math text

Can Latex be used to type a math article containing invisible proofs, each of which becomes visible under the relevant theorem when a button or link is clicked?
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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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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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What LaTeX Lab packages use expl3?

I am trying to migrate documents to http://latexlab.org, but they won't compile because they require expl3.sty. Yesterday I started by uploading all of the expl3 sty files but then latex demanded even ...
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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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Best packages for writing a script for a comedy sketch [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are good packages for laying out a play? I'm about to start writing some scripts for some comedy sketches and I would like some advice on how to do it best in ...
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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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Is there a LaTeX package to format computer language grammars?

I need to display BNF grammars, but couldn't find any LaTeX package that does this.
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Package to create a printable form

I need to create a printable form. Please suggest a LaTeX package that can do these types of questions: Text: 1. Your e-mail: __________________________ Paragraph: 2. Describe your ...
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Where to get help for the package options?

OS: Windows 7 + SP1 TeX: MiKTeX 2.9 IDE: Kile 2.1 For getting help on usage of package options, I usually Google "foo options latex", where foo is the name of the package. I wanted to know whether ...
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Writing (mixed) tensors

Does anybody know about a specific package for handling tensors? Consider, for example, a contraction of the type ...
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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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Using option for sty file

I would like to create and option (namely grid) to my sty file to produce a grid covering the whole page. I had success using \newif\if@sigur@grid \DeclareOption{grid}{\@sigur@gridtrue} and using ...
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Is there a specific rule on how to choose package/class names?

Preamble I recently started the "custom package writing" path, which at first I found very interesting because it helped me to define standard callings of packages/commands that would have occupied ...
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Differences between longtable and xtab

I have a pretty simple table that needs to span multiple pages. This seems like a job for either the supertabular/xtab package or the longtable package. The voting on the answers to this question ...
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“No room for a new \read” with writing a journal

I'm fairly new to TeX and learning as I go. I am trying to keep a journal in LaTeX. I'm using the solution provided at Using LaTeX to keep a diary . It's essentially a setup where each day's entry is ...
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Creating sub-algorithms in latex using the algorithm package

I want to do something like this (see image below) where I can describe my algorithm in smaller steps or "phases" as this person calls them. I've used the algorithm and algorithmic package before but ...
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How to create a command to load my own new .sty file

I have created my custom class myclass.cls and I've put it into the BASE folder on MiKTeX dis. (C:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\base). Then I have created my xxx.sty file with some additional ...
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Customized table of contents

I need to format the table of contents for a compilation of articles in a very specific format: About this volume Author 1 Preface........................first page-last page Articles Author 2 ...
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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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Passing an if-else option to a custom sty file

I have a custom .sty file loading needed packages and defining some commands and environments. Is there an easy way to either: define an if-else option define option's default value I am using the ...
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use hypersetup in own package

I'm trying to create my own style file (.sty-file) where more or less the whole preamble is defined. The reason behind is, that users of my stylefile just have to use my package and don't have to care ...
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How to install and use the ocr-a font

Can someone help to install the ocr-a font? I'm using fedora, I'm trying to find a proper tutorial but cannot find a good one.
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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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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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When I load multiple font packages, which one will win?

I haven't used more than one font package. But I noticed some people use multiple font packages. Shortly speaking, which one will win if we load multiple font packages? Is there a rule for loading ...
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What is the proper way to pass user input to package commands?

I'm wondering if someone can fill me on the proper technique for passing parameters from a document to the underlying package. The user would interface via a document like this: ...
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Ways to force LaTeX structure?

Some types of publications like for instance module documentation have a clear structure (for instance first one has an introduction section, at the end source code is provided,...) I was wondering ...
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Background Package with Options [closed]

I get the error message Error: Unknown option pages=some for package background, when I tried to compile the following code from the manual of the Background package. \documentclass{article} ...
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How to create a line graph in LaTeX?

I am in need of displaying line graphs in a LaTeX document but I can't figure out how. I searched on Google but did not receive any promising results. Is it really possible to do this within LaTeX or ...
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How to keep track of packages one has already used?

I have been using LaTeX for quite some time but never on a daily basis. As I've used it to write many different documents I came across many useful packages but I have trouble keeping track with all ...
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I'm not managing to download from CTAN. How can I select the mirror I use?

Yesterday I was stumped while not managing to download any package from CTAN. While I could navigate and browse the directories, any time I selected a file to download the request would time-out. A ...
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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 ...