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I am using Mac OSX and when compiling using TeXShop I get the error ! LaTeX Error: File 'slashbox.sty' not found. I have downloaded slashbox.zip from CTAN and placed it in my ~/Applications/Tex folder where all my Tex files including TexShop are located but still receive the same error. How do I get slashbox.sty to be recognized / found?

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  • MacTeX includes TeX Live Utility which the MacOSX version of TeX Live Package Manager. You should use it to install any package that's part of the distribution. I suppose you didn't install slashbox in a directory searched by TeX. – Bernard Jan 11 '15 at 18:30
  • @Bernard I took a look at the TeX Live Utility, but it doesn't have slashbox as a package option. Another answer suggests this is because what is part of Tex Live is a subset of what is found on CTAN. To the second point, do you know where TeX would normally search? – user67471 Jan 11 '15 at 18:34

That's right, I didn't know (personally, I use MiKTeX). But it's an old package (1993!) and the TeX Catalogue On Line says it is superseded by diagbox which has backwards compatibility and is included in TeX Live.

If you absolutely want to install it, the files must be installed in texmf-local. More precisely, slashbox.sty and slashbox.tex shall be installed in /usr/local/texlive/texmf-local/latex/slashbox/ and the documentation slashbox.pdf in /usr/local/texlive/texmf-local/doc/latex/slashbox/, in order to respect the TDS (TeX Directory Structure).

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    On the Mac, local additions are typically stored in ~/Library/texmf See How do I add a .sty file to my MacTeX/TeXShop installation? and How to have local package override default package. – Alan Munn Jan 11 '15 at 20:02
  • As far as I know, every TeX Live installation has a texmf-local that is installed parallel to main texlive (/usr/local/texlive/2014) for the latest version. I also know the unix structure is hidden to basic users. I would try to find /texlive/texmf-local and would iinstall the files therein as indicated. Then run mktexlsr from the command line. – Bernard Jan 11 '15 at 21:51
  • There is very little to be gained by installing things there if you are a single user. And installation in the local texmf doesn't require running mktexlsr, nor does it require admin privileges, and so most users (including experienced ones like myself) use the local texmf. – Alan Munn Jan 11 '15 at 21:59
  • You're certainly right. As I said, I'm not very experienced about TeX Line on Mac. I suppose it's mainly useful if there are several users and you want them to have immediate access to the files – at least that's the way I understand it. – Bernard Jan 11 '15 at 22:08

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