I compiled my tex file which showed me that the draftmark package is not found. Hence I gave the command, tlmgr install draftmark but I get the following error,

tlmgr: package repository http://ctan.imsc.res.in/systems/texlive/tlnet
package draftmark not present in package repository.

What do I do? I updated my tlmgr with the self option.

I am using Ubuntu 13.10 64-bit

  • The package is not in TeX Live (see here under "Distributions"). Download it manually. Commented Apr 14, 2014 at 4:38

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According to the CTAN Edition catalogue, the package ships with MiKTeX, but not with TeX Live. You can download the .zip file, extract the .sty file (if required) and move it to your personal TDS tree.

By the way, the xwatermark, from the same author, is superior to draftmark and ships with TeX Live.

Some other packages offering functionality to add background material:

  • Can you suggest a package for this: \usepackage[draft=false,allpages=true,fontfamily=cmr,angle=90,scale=0.2,mark={\fboxsep=35pt\fboxrule=0pt\relax\fbox{-- DRAFT -- }}, color=red!75!green!50,xcoord=-80,ycoord=-20]{draftmark} Commented Apr 14, 2014 at 6:00
  • @subhamsoni One question per post, please. Follow-up questions are welcome. That being said, any of the packages I listed above can be used. Since xwatermark is from the same author as draftmark, you could read the package documentation to see how to achieve the result with that package. Since I am familiar with the background package, you could say \usepackage[angle=90,scale=1,color=red!75!green!50,opacity=1]{background} \backgroundsetup{contents={\fboxsep=35pt\fboxrule=0pt\relax\fbox{-- DRAFT -- }}} use the hshift, vshift keys to get the desired placement. Commented Apr 14, 2014 at 6:22
  • I wonder why do you use a \fbox with 0pt thickness for the rules. Commented Apr 14, 2014 at 6:23
  • What exactly are you trying to achieve and in which position? That would be more helpful than providing some code that might not be compilable. Commented Apr 14, 2014 at 6:26

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