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I have downloaded texlive-docs using ubuntu repository. How can I view/use them?

  • I'm honestly unfamiliar with the scenario, but doesn't this just install stuff for texdoc? What does texdoc --version give you, and did it work before you installed this package? – Sean Allred May 18 '13 at 15:03
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    Open a terminal and do texdoc source2e, for instance. In the majority of cases texdoc <package name> does what's expected. – egreg May 18 '13 at 15:09
  • @SeanAllred I was asking how to use it. texdoc --version outputs texdoc 0.84 – rafee May 18 '13 at 15:17
  • by the way, in software center I see texlive-pictures-doc installed, but what is the command to view that? How do I find which texdocs are installed? I tried texdoc pictures, texdoc texlive-pictures, but nothing worked – rafee May 18 '13 at 15:22
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    texdoc -l <term> will list possible alternatives if your term might have more than one possible completion. And man texdoc is probably useful reading. – jon May 19 '13 at 18:08
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Viewing already installed documentation

Assuming you use GNU/Linux, you can view the documentation by typing

texdoc <package name>

into your terminal (e.g. texdoc amsmath).

Viewing online documentation

Go to http://texdoc.net/ and enter the package name in the input field. Choose the documentation that best fits your needs.


Regrading your question in the comments: I assume you use a Debian based GNU/Linux distribution, such as Ubuntu. You can see the texlive-packages enclosed in e.g. texlive-pictures-doc by entering

apt-cache show texlive-pictures

in your terminal. You will obtain the package description which lists all enlosed texlive-packages. (I omitted -doc as the description for that doesn't yield a list.)

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