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I am using emacs on Ubuntu 10.10.

I was trying to add doublespace.sty to my packages.

To figure out what directory to put the doublespace.sty in I did a search on my computer for amsmath.sty, since I know that package works, and found the directory it was in, which was a subdirectory of /usr/share/texmf-texlive. Since there are a bunch of .sty files in that directory, I decided to put doublespace.sty in /usr/share/texmf-texlive/latex/base . Then I ran texhash on that directory. But for some reason it is telling me it can't find doublespace.sty when I do /usepackage{doublespace}.

Any idea what might be going on?

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Don't use doublespace.sty. It is an old package that has been replaced by setspace, which should be part of any TeX distribution (so you shouldn't need to install your own copy of it).

Furthermore, you should never install packages into the main texlive directory, but use a local directory specifically for local additions. See Where do I place my own .sty files, to make them available to all my .tex files? for a general answer of how to install packages (but I repeat, don't install doublespace.)

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