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I'm looking for a copy of book.cls, version "1996/10/31 v1.3u".

My goal is to port the changes made to a local copy of book.cls "1996/10/31 v1.3u" used in a legacy project to the newest version.

The question Historical, stable version archive of packages pointed me to https://ctanmirror.speedata.de/ but the oldest book.cls there is "2007/10/19 v1.4h", which is what I have in MacTeX 2016 (but it says "2014/09/29 v1.4h").

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    You may look here: ftp.tug.org/historic/macros/latex-saildart, but that is reallllllllllllllllllllllly old ;-) – user31729 Jan 4 '17 at 16:47
  • I don't have Mac, but you have book.cls from 2007 in your MacTeX 2016? – user31729 Jan 4 '17 at 16:52
  • @ChristianHupfer, see my edited answer. It's v1.4h but dated 2014. – lhf Jan 4 '17 at 16:59
  • That's the same version I have here on TL 2016 – user31729 Jan 4 '17 at 17:00
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Download the file ftp://ftp.tug.org/historic/macros/latex2e/latex2e-19961201/base.tar.gz which contains the version of book.cls that you want. To actually generate book.cls you have to extract the archive, open a terminal into the directory containing all the files and run the command:

latex classes.ins

This command generates some files, among which the book.cls you want.

  • I actually enjoyed it! xD – Matteo Jan 4 '17 at 17:36
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I've found version "1997/10/10 v1.3x" at ftp://tug.org/historic/systems/texlive/1998/TeXLive3/texmf/tex/latex/base/book.cls

  • The link ask for username and password. – ThomasGuenet Jan 4 '17 at 17:15
  • @ThomasGuénet, see tex.stackexchange.com/a/347087/324. But I've used it in Chrome and it worked once. It did work with wget. – lhf Jan 4 '17 at 17:16
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    @ThomasGuénet Username/Password “ftp” – egreg Jan 4 '17 at 17:22

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