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Why does loading pgfplots after tikz break the default layers in a tikzpicture?

Taking the MWE from Jake's answer to the question Background rectangles with equal width but 'fitting' height, I get an error when loading pgfplots after the tikz packages but not before. I'm assuming ...
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RequirePackage and usepackage behave differently

I design exams which should contain code samples using pdflatex. In lecture scripts I successfully use the listings package. The general design is done via the exam document class. I created my own ...
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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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Is there any package with Markdown support?

Sometimes, I have notes where I would not like to convert all portions to Tex format. I normally then simply put such contexts under verbatim. However, this is a rather crude approach. So I started ...
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Including package to create MATLAB labels using LaTeX

When using LaTeX as the interpreter to typeset labels in MATLAB it would be great to be able to include packages to customize appearance. Is this possible? As of now I know no method to create non ...
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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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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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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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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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How can latex help me format and present lots of data in a report?

At work I am responsible for creating information security reports that contain long narratives and reference what we refer to as "vulnerabilities". These vulnerabilities are presented in a table. 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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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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Conflict between my modified .sty file and babel's ngerman?

There is some conflict or error I don't understand. I can skip it and nothing visible happens. The output is okay and everything seems to be fine. Still I would like to get rid of the error message. ...
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How can I install uarial.sty on a mac?

I'm using TexShop (2.43 on 10.6) to manage LaTeX, but have the following error: ! LaTeX Error: File 'uarial.sty' not found. I tried to use the approach in this question with \usepackage{listings} ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to use the ifsym package?

I have added \usepackage{ifsym} in the front, and LaTeX cannot pass the command \Letter. What should I do to it?
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Why can't MikTex find all of my style files?

I was wondering if you could help me please. I'm using MiKTeX 2.9 and WinEdt on Windows 7 and I've tried to add the style files that I need to use for a particular project to the search path for ...
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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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How does one define synonymous options in style/class files?

I want to be able to pass two options to a package (actually, a class) and have them be the same. What's the best way to do this? That is, I want: \documentclass[norsk]{myclass} and ...
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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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(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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Feynman Diagrams with jaxodraw-2.1-0

I want to use jaxodraw for drawing nice Feynman diagrams. I've already downloaded binaries from here http://jaxodraw.sourceforge.net/download/index.html and the program works fine. My problem is that ...
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Spanish babel and chemformula package

I need to write a chemical reaction. I use to make this with mhchem, but I discover chemformula. All it is right but no the arrows when I use the package babel in spanish. There are a problem with ...
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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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LaTeX cannot find my personal packages

I'm venturing into writing my own packages, but LaTeX is not finding them. I working on a iMac OS X, but I don't want to use TEXMFHOME=~/Library/texmf. I would like to put my packages in a different ...
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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 can I create a notes column in a document?

I need a document that has a notes column on the right hand side of each page starting after the contents page. This notes column should have the heading "Notes" , should be 50% of the size of the ...
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TikZ Library Not Found

I am new to TikZ and reading through the manual working out the first example which happens to use the intersections library. When I try \usetikzlibrary{intersections} LaTex spits out the following ...