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 install slashbox
sudo tlmgr install /macros/latex/contrib/slashbox

with the error message:

tlmgr: package repository http://mirror.informatik.uni-mannheim.de/pub/mirrors/tex-archive/systems/texlive/tlnet package slashbox not present in package repository.

Which repository to I have to use, or is it impossible to install it via tlmgr

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    It may be due to Li­cense issue , See:Un­known Sta­tus, No In­for­ma­tion Avail­able. Simplest procedure would be to download slashbox.sty and place it in working folder Commented Jun 21, 2013 at 8:54

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You can only install packages using tlmgr if they are part of TeX Live, not simply if they are on CTAN. In this case, the CTAN database entry indicates no license information is available for the package: that will prevent it being part of TeX Live. See for example Where do I place my own .sty or .cls files, to make them available to all my .tex files? (and links there) for details of manually installing packages.

  • I ran kpsewhich -var-value=TEXMFHOME, which gave me /Users/accountname/Library/texmf. But this folder does not exist. I created it and added the file slashbox.sty, but still it does not work,...
    – Sven
    Commented Jun 21, 2013 at 9:24
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    @Sven You need the TDS structure inside there, so /Users/accountname/Library/texmf/tex/latex/slashbox/slashbox.sty is where the file should live. (You don't formally need the slashbox folder, but just dumping everything local inside tex/latex is not usually encouraged.)
    – Joseph Wright
    Commented Jun 21, 2013 at 9:28

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