On windows subsystem for linux (WSL) a document containing usepackage{refcheck} does not compile and produces with error: file.tex|| File refcheck.sty not found.

This suggestion here seems to be to fully install texlive-full, but hard disk space is a constraint for me on my machine. Is there a way to specifically install only refckeck.sty and other missing packages individually on WSL/Linux machines?

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    Download refcheck.sty from CTAN, put it in the same folder as the document you are compiling and see if the error persists, it should go away as latex looks in the same directory as the file being compiled for .sty and other files. You could use wget https://mirror.apps.cam.ac.uk/pub/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/refcheck/refcheck.sty, that is the link to the .sty file
    – JamesT
    Oct 3, 2022 at 17:46
  • Do you have vanilla texlive or the one packaged for linux? Oct 3, 2022 at 17:56
  • Thanks for the suggestions. I ended up doing apt-file search "refcheck.sty" and installing the texlive package that contained this. As of now, it seems to work.
    – Tryer
    Oct 3, 2022 at 18:07
  • @Tryer no worries, glad it worked, could you add your comment as an answer and then mark it as complete when the system lets you please? Helps stop questions resurfacing every few months by the community bot (:
    – JamesT
    Oct 3, 2022 at 18:10

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Here is how I solved this problem.

Install the apt-file application via sudo apt-get install apt-file.

Then, run apt-file search "refcheck.sty". This gave:

:/mnt/c/Users/Tryer/Desktop$ apt-file search "refcheck.sty"
texlive-latex-extra: /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/refcheck/refcheck.sty
texlive-latex-recommended: /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/lwarp/lwarp-refcheck.sty

Then, I installed the package that contains refcheck.sty via:

sudo apt-get install texlive-latex-extra

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