lastpage.sty file not found, datime2.sty not found

  • yesterday everything was working fine
  • shut down macbook air
  • reopened today and the files have shown an error
  • the packages are installed
  • i have reinstalled miktex and texmaker still the same error while compiling
  • similarly esint.sty and indentfirst errors
  • any help is welcome
  • It's better to update your LaTeX setup, hence these are common packages...
    – MadyYuvi
    Commented Sep 19, 2019 at 15:09
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    Any particular reason why you are using miktex on a MacBook air and not MacTeX?
    – daleif
    Commented Sep 19, 2019 at 15:11
  • well since i installed mik on my winpc idid the same on the mac --no particular reason than standardisation across the two platforms--any advantage of mak over mik
    – js bibra
    Commented Sep 19, 2019 at 15:59
  • i found texmaker to be working well with miktex--any other better text editor to install with maktex
    – js bibra
    Commented Sep 19, 2019 at 16:02
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    MacTeX has the advantage that it installs everything by default. MikTeX only installs a subset and relies on its install-on-the-fly feature for packages not already installed. Depending on the setup this install-on-the-fly may or may not word. It normally give you a popup asking if it should insall the package. But in some circumstances editors block this and you'll never notice unless you look through the log file.
    – daleif
    Commented Sep 20, 2019 at 11:50

1 Answer 1


Below one probable cause and the remedy.

  1. After fresh installation of texlive the directory 'lastpage' has been installed (I do not know why?) in '/usr/local/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/'. Invocation of 'texhash', quite obviously has lead to no improvement.
  2. Next, I have copied the directory 'lastpage' from this location to correct location '/usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/', using administrator privileges (sudo or su for Linux).
  3. Invocation of 'texhash' has completed the procedure.
  • Welcome to TeX.SE!
    – Mensch
    Commented Jun 24, 2021 at 20:43
  • But the OP is not using TeX Live. And those are not the correct places for Macs anyway.
    – cfr
    Commented Nov 12, 2023 at 3:05

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