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This wep page explains in some way what you want to do (see item numer #2): http://www.aq.upm.es/Departamentos/Fisica/agmartin/webpublico/latex/FAQ-CervanTeX/FAQ-CervanTeX-8.html , but is in Spanish lenguage. I suppose there is probably a English version too. For example: "Extrayendo archivos de estilo de los .dtx y .ins..." And also: .sty, .cls o .fd: ...


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A single .dtx is in some ways convenient as it means it is easy to send the entire package to others in one go. On the other hand, very few end users will actually use such a file: if I want to send someone a 'ready to go' package I either mail the TDS-style zip or link to it on CTAN. For small packages a single .dtx does make sense, and including the .ins ...


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It all depends, If you look at the latex format source latex.ltx that is a single file made up from multiple dtx files mostly for the reason you stated of easier management in source control. User documentation is tricky choice as well, for small packages it makes sense to put it in the (single) dtx but for larger suites a separate document is good, but then ...



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