I am trying to install the mathtools package using Linux Mint. My first attempt was via the Terminal: sudo apt-get install mathtools on which I got response

Reading package lists...

Done Building dependency tree...

0% Building dependency tree

Reading state information... Done

E: Unable to locate package mathtools

Then I tried to install it manyally. I douwnloaded the zip file from here: http://www.ctan.org/pkg/mathtools, then moved the folder into the latex directory, then create the mathtools.sty file by typing tex mathtools.dtx, and then the .sty file was into the right folder (the mathtools folder). However, when I tried to run my program the tex file still couldnt find it. Any ideas how to install the package? I need it for the \ceil and \floor functions?

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    I bet the packae is hidden in some meta package provided by your distribution. Is the tlmgr available on your system? Install it directly.
    – Johannes_B
    Commented Jan 21, 2015 at 14:39
  • Please update you system as mathtools was part of some bundle some time ago. On a new TeX-distro, mathtools should be directly accessible. You could first try to run sudo apt-get install texlive-latex3 in your terminal.
    – LaRiFaRi
    Commented Jan 21, 2015 at 14:42
  • You should try with the ready-to-install mathtools.tds.zip that you'll find at the same place. All you'll have to do is unzip it at the root of your texmf-local directory, and ten run mktexlsr.
    – Bernard
    Commented Jan 21, 2015 at 15:03
  • Are you sure it isn't already installed with your TeX installation? Did you try compiling a document with \usepackage{mathtools}? I'd be surprised if mathtools wasn't part of the default installation.
    – Caramdir
    Commented Jan 21, 2015 at 16:18
  • …you could always just install vanilla TeX Live… it's without a doubt a lot simpler (for just this very reason) Commented Mar 22, 2015 at 18:24

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The mh bundle contains mathtools. In Linux Mint open up the Synaptic Package Manager, enter your password and the then search: tex-live mh

Three packages come up. It's in texlive-latex-recommended. Click on the box to the left of it. Then press the Apply button. enter image description here

  • There is no more an mh bundle. It was split last summer into mathtools and breqn with different maintainers.
    – Bernard
    Commented Jan 21, 2015 at 15:51
  • @Bernard The tex-live version for Linux Mint isn't as current. In my Linux Mint distro mh is still mentioned in the notes for tex-live-latex-recommen.
    – DJP
    Commented Jan 21, 2015 at 16:02
  • @Bernard I've added a screenshot of what shows up.
    – DJP
    Commented Jan 21, 2015 at 16:10
  • You have an old version of TeX Live, which you should update. Can't you install the CTAN version of TeX Live?
    – Bernard
    Commented Jan 21, 2015 at 16:18
  • @Bernard: TL2013 in Linux Mint should be new enough for most people.
    – Caramdir
    Commented Jan 21, 2015 at 16:22

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