How can I install the verse package? I did not find it in my Ubuntu 10.1. Through a Google search I went to:


and followed the instructions. It gave me the following error:

*** Generating the LaTeX2e package files ***

Generating file(s) ./verse.sty 
! Cannot find file verse.dtx.
\readsource ...ot find file \uptospace #1 \qStop }
                                                  \else \processedLines \z@ ...
l.56 ...e{\file{verse.sty}{\from{verse.dtx}{usc}}}

? ^C! Interruption.
\readsource ...t \refusedfiles \empty \csname b@#1
                                                  \endcsname \Name \let {b@#...
l.56 ...e{\file{verse.sty}{\from{verse.dtx}{usc}}}

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    What version of LaTeX are you running? TeX Live or MiKTeX? Each of these have a package manager that you could try in order to simplify the installation of packages. – Werner Aug 29 '11 at 23:46
  • aku-desktop:~$ latex - version This is pdfTeX, Version 3.1415926-1.40.10 (TeX Live 2009/Debian) – Aku Aug 30 '11 at 1:43
  • Then consider reading this: tlmgr - The TeX Live Manager. I would suggest trying tlmgr install verse. – Werner Aug 30 '11 at 1:49
  • The error message is very clear. It says Cannot find file verse.dtx.. So download verse.dtx too if you want install the package manually. – Ulrike Fischer Aug 30 '11 at 8:46
  • if aku is running tex live 2009, then the manager is no use at all (the only tl repos, now, are for 2011); so the only option is manual installation, as described in the README – wasteofspace Aug 30 '11 at 21:25

If you installed TeX from the repositiories, look in the operating system package manager of the verse package in the comments to the packages. I list links to Debian packages, since Ubuntu uses Debian packages:

  • texlive-humanities

    A collection of LaTeX packages for law, linguistics, the social sciences, and the humanities.

    This package includes the following CTAN packages: ....

    verse -- Aids for typesetting simple verse.

  • or texlive-latex-extra

    A large collection of add-on packages for LaTeX.

    This package includes the following CTAN packages: ....

    verse -- Aids for typesetting simple verse.

Also apt-search can help, such as:

sudo apt-cache search verse | grep tex

You can install by Synaptic or another manager or on the command line:

sudo apt-get install texlive-humanities
  • This is what I am getting with your commands texlive-humanities is already the newest version. texlive-humanities set to manually installed. 0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded. aku@aku-desktop:~$ sudo apt-cache search verse | grep tex libhtml-format-perl - format HTML syntax trees into text, PostScript or RTF texlive-latex-extra - TeX Live: LaTeX supplementary packages tea - text editor with syntax highlighting & UTF support texlive-humanities - TeX Live: Humanities packages aku@aku-desktop:~$ – Aku Aug 31 '11 at 23:56
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    As of Ubuntu 16.04 verse is only in texlive-humanities, not texlive-latex-extra. – Artem Pelenitsyn Jul 14 '16 at 13:45

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