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I am trying to build a huge latex project on my system - I downloaded everything, and did not touch anything. XeLaTeX tells me that datetime2.sty is missing, and I guess I just have to download it, and put it in the project folder?

But I can not find it online: Either I end up with pdf files that tell me something about other languages, or I get the link to CTAN, and it has only files with other endings, so I don't really understand why I get linked there?

(This happens quite often and this CTAN thing NEVER had a useful file for me, so I figure I just don't know how to use it, and it certainly doesn't seem intuitive.)

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    Re "what is CTAN", see my short paragraph here: latex.zeef.com/sean.allred#block_58836_what-s-ctan- Commented May 24, 2015 at 15:15
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    What distribution do you have? Both TeXLive and MiKTeX include the package, so you can use their package managers to install it. Commented May 24, 2015 at 15:16
  • So it doesn't actually have the packages, only the documentation? Commented May 24, 2015 at 15:16
  • The package is actually embedded in the documentation. The 'ins' file is an 'install' file; running latex on it will extract the necessary files from the dtx (Documented (La)TeX). But again, I would use your package manager; there are GUI managers in both TeXLive and MiKTeX. It would help greatly if you let us know which distribution you have :) Commented May 24, 2015 at 15:19
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    OK, what does pdftex --version at the command line/terminal print?
    – Joseph Wright
    Commented May 24, 2015 at 15:28

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Ok, in case another dummy like me has the same problem, here are some most important comments that helped me:

"The package is actually embedded in the documentation. The 'ins' file is an 'install' file; running latex on it will extract the necessary files from the dtx (Documented (La)TeX). But again, I would use your package manager; there are GUI managers in both TeXLive and MiKTeX. It would help greatly if you let us know which distribution you have :)" by Sean Alfred

"OK, what does pdftex --version at the command line/terminal print?" by Joseph Wright

What did I do, step by step: Press windows key, and press the arrow down - this is apparently where all the programs are hidden now, I had no idea. There I found the MikTex Package manager, named only "Package Manager", so it was not findable through search previously. Synchronize database, then find datetime2 and install it.

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  • The "MikTeX-pdfTeX" comment was your comment ...
    – Sverre
    Commented May 24, 2015 at 16:54
  • Wrong copy paste :) Commented May 25, 2015 at 17:04

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