When installing packages using the MiKTeX Package Manager, there is usually a file placed in texmf\source whose name ends in -src.tar.bz2 (or sometimes -src.cab). These compressed files generally contain source code for the installed packages, but there are some packages where the compressed file contains additional documentation, sample files, or test files that are not installed anywhere else. Is there some way to set the Package Manager to expand these files automatically? For example, the ut-thesis package's README file refers to a ut-thesis.tex template file, but the template file is nowhere to be found other than compressed inside texmf\source\ut-thesis-src.tar.bz2, and there is no instruction directing the user to look there. Similarly, the hyperref package contains lots of test files in texmf\source\hyperref-src.tar.bz2 that are not installed anywhere else. It would be nice if there were some way to ensure that these files are all expanded whenever a package is installed. Is this possible?

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As far as I see, there is no such opportunity in the MiKTeX Package Manager.

You can always extract the missing files yourself into a local texmf tree or write a bug report in the MiKTeX Bug Tracker (in my eyes these are bugs, if there is an explicit mention in one of the installed documentation files).

If you are unsure, you could ask first Christian Schenk (the MiKTeX maintainer) in general, how to proceed, see MiKTeX: Contact.

  • Is it a bug with MiKTeX, or should the package author have done something differently to have a particular file installed? Dec 20, 2012 at 18:36
  • See my edit. If you opt to ask Ch. Schenk, then add his reply here, please.
    – Speravir
    Dec 20, 2012 at 18:43
  • I opened a bug report here so we'll see what happens. Jan 7, 2013 at 23:53

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