How does one install the bbm.sty package in Linux Mint?

I followed the instructions on http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/bbm/ and have generated the bbm.sty file, but I am not sure where I should put this. I do have a folder called /usr/local/share/texmf/ but if I put the file(s) there, it still doesn't work.

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put the file in ~/texmf/tex/latex/bbm/ (you may have to create directories for that). however, the fonts are distributed separately as metafont source and you'll need to install them, too; it's a long time since i've done that, but try copying all of the font files on an archive mirror into ~/texmf/fonts/bbm

after that, i reckon it’s worth running texhash ~/texmf (it will still work without, but slower).

now: do you really want to do all that? what did you want the double-struck fonts for in the first place?

  • Thank you. This worked! (I like bbm better than bb. It is just a personal preference.)
    – Thomas
    Sep 27, 2014 at 14:45

Debian derivatives

I believe the easiest way is to install the texlive-fonts-extra package:

sudo apt-get install texlive-fonts-extra

This should take care of installation on Debian derivatives such as Ubuntu and Mint.

Other distros

For RPM-based distributions such as Fedora, try installing the textlive-bbm-macros- packages (on older versions, you may need to write yum instead of dnf):

sudo dnf install texlive-bbm
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    FYI apt-get install texlive-fonts-extra tells me 'After this operation, 1,525 MB of additional disk space will be used.' I am guessing bbm.sty itself is much smaller!
    – innisfree
    Feb 14 at 1:31
  • @innisfree Try with tlmgr install bbm and tlmgr install bbm-macros
    – Tropilio
    Mar 13 at 15:10

On Mint (or Debian, Ubuntu, etc.) you can search the package database for a file with

apt-file search "bbm.sty"

This shows that the file is in the system package texlive-fonts-extra.

As you know, a file loaded with \usepackage has the extension .sty, a class has the extension .cls, and for a missing legacy font, look for a .tfm file.

It should also be possible to install a package to your local texmf folder with tlmgr install --usermode, and then run mktexlsr.


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