# Texlive contains booktabs-de or not?

I'm using Ubuntu vivid and have installed the textlive-full package. If I use the package booktabs-de my tex file cannot be complied because the package cannot be found. According to https://packages.debian.org/sid/texlive-lang-german texlive-lang-german (and therefore texlive-full) should contain the tex package booktabs-de right?

• There is no `booktabs-de` LaTeX package: `\usepackage{booktabs}` is the right call. The TeX Live package `booktabs-de` just refers to the documentation in German for `booktabs`. – egreg Oct 11 '15 at 15:39

One should distinguish between “LaTeX packages” and ”TeX Live packages”.

A “LaTeX package” is a file that can be loaded from a document with `\usepackage`, whereas a “TeX Live package” is a collection of files not necessarily containing a LaTeX package.

In the case of `booktabs-de` one can look at the output of

``````tlmgr info booktabs-de --list
``````

which is

``````package:     booktabs-de
category:    Package
shortdesc:   German version of booktabs.
longdesc:    This is a "translation" of the booktabs.
installed:   Yes
revision:    21907
sizes:       doc: 329k
relocatable: Yes
cat-version: 1.61803
cat-date:    2014-02-26 23:03:13 +0100
collection:  collection-langgerman
Included files, by type:
doc files:
texmf-dist/doc/latex/booktabs-de/booktabs-de.dtx
texmf-dist/doc/latex/booktabs-de/booktabs-de.ins
texmf-dist/doc/latex/booktabs-de/booktabs-de.pdf details="Package documentation"
``````

When TeX Live/Debian is concerned, one just doesn't manage the distribution with `tlmgr`, but the concept is the same, as the Debian packages are essentially collections of TeX Live packages.

The `booktabs-de` TeX Live package contains the documentation in German for the `booktabs` LaTeX package.

So you have still to do

``````\usepackage{booktabs}
``````

in your document, whereas the shell command

``````texdoc booktabs-de
``````

will show the documentation in German.

The `booktabs` LaTeX package is provided by the `booktabs` TeX Live package, which resides in `collection-latexrecommended`; the corresponding Debian package for `apt-get` is `texlive-latex-recommended`