I'm trying to install the nth package, which automatically adds and formats ordinal numbers in English.

The package is included in the default TeXLive distribution, but I had to install a smaller distribution on this computer for space considerations. So it should be in the repositories. When I ask tlmgr to install nth...

$ sudo tlmgr install nth
tlmgr: package repository http://mirror.unl.edu/ctan/systems/texlive/tlnet
package nth not present in package repository.

Does it go by a different name than that in CTAN / the tlmgr repositories?

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    Welcome to TeX.SX! Not all LaTeX packages have a dedicated TeX Live package. I find nth in the genmisc package for TeX Live.
    – egreg
    Sep 27, 2013 at 17:25
  • That did it; I installed genmisc through tlmgr and that got it working. Sep 27, 2013 at 17:56

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Not all LaTeX packages have a dedicated TeX Live package for them. In particular, several small packages by Donald Arsenau are grouped together in a genmisc package. So

sudo tlmgr install genmisc

should solve the problem.

You can see it in the CTAN page: http://ctan.org/pkg/nth

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Generally I recommend installing a full TeX Live and forget about hunting for packages; and updating regularly, also.

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    Thanks a lot! I normally would have installed the standard distribution (I did on my main computer), but in this case I had HDD space constraints and a very narrow, specific purpose for installing LaTeX. Oct 7, 2013 at 17:53
  • Ah ha! Ran into this problem 4 years later, for a different reason: the default texlive package on Ubuntu doesn't include genmisc. Nov 7, 2017 at 14:45

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