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Questions tagged [ctan]

{ctan} is an acronym for the Comprehensive TeX Archive Network.

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List of Best CTAN packages [duplicate]

Some of the packages of CTAN are really good but not discovered by many. I recently encountered one of the good ones, namely latexindent, and I thought that would be great if everyone introduces the ...
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Why don't CTAN packages include build.lua?

I notice that no packages on ctan include build.lua scripts, which would enable them to be installed using l3build. I find it is now easier to build and install a package using l3build than manually ...
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If one has package-related documentation notes, where are those posted?

Since they'd be something other than just MWE code examples, are those posted here or, say, on CTAN?
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CTAN package does not appear in TexLive utility

I want to install this package from CTAN, but I can't find it through the TexLive Utility. Why would it not appear, and what can I do about it? (If it's relevant, I'm using MacTex.)
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What is the correct command line to tell install-tl to use the mirror I tell it?

I'm updating TeX on my systems, and have been having issues with very slow install speeds (Estimated finishing times of over 19 hours at times for a 1.9 GB install). I think this might be since ...
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Understanding CTAN versions, release dates and announcements

I am looking at https://ctan.org/pkg/sciposter where I see that the package version is 1.18 but the most recent announcement in the right sidebar is that of v1.17. I am trying to understand how these ...
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Statistics on package usage

Is there any way I can get an overview or at least any indication on how many people downloaded/installed a package from CTAN, MiKTeX and/or TeXLive? I'm asking because I have recently made several ...
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Overset \Rightarrow and \Leftarrow

I need a couple non-standard arrows for a paper that I'm writing. I need a \Rightarrow and \Leftarrow that are set like $\overrightarrow{A}$ and $\underleftarrow{B}$. I was able to find the package ...
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Can a CTAN package install both document class and accompanying LyX layout?

I'm writing a document class which is supposed to come with a LyX layout. I'd want to distribute them both as a single unit, for example, as a CTAN package. Is this barely possible?
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Install package from CTAN which is not available in TeX Live

The texdef package was recently updated to fix a critical bug. The package is updated on CTAN, but because TeX Live is in its "freeze" period, attempting to update the package via tlmgr update does ...
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Common practises for documenting CTAN-packages

Background I have lately been thinking about contributing to CTAN. This question has many nice links in that regard. However: I've noticed that most (if not all) of the packages have the same ...
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Patching really old CTAN packages

Related to the stackexchange question here. I don't have enough reputation to comment on that question. Is there some sort of official way to submit patches for really old CTAN packages? Is LaTex ...
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How do I build hyperref from CTAN?

When I run rm -rf /tmp/foo; mkdir /tmp/foo; cd /tmp/foo wget http://mirrors.ctan.org/macros/latex/contrib/hyperref.zip unzip hyperref; cd hyperref latex hyperref.ins I get --2018-02-06 16:26:40-- ...
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What TeXBook version has built-in bookmarks?

My PDF copy of the TeXbook, surprisingly, doesn't contain any built-in bookmark. Do you know what version has them?
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loading Lua helper scripts in documentclass packages

This question is about organising files in a package for CTAN. How can I load lua and tex helper files in the documentclass so that they are found when the package is installed in the TeXLive folders?...
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Feedback on new package for creating on-line quizzes from latex

Arguably this question is either too broad or outside of the scope of TeX.SX, so I accept that it may be closed. As I only want feedback I'd also be happy if this was made a community wiki. I have a ...
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How can I install latexindent on macOS?

I'm using the basicTeX distribution, rather than the MacTeX distribution. I prefer it this way, but there is one problem. I does not come with the tool latexindent which MacTeX does. I can't figure ...
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Issue with ctanify on my texlive2017 (windows os)

I have problems to run ctanify on my TL2017, executing ctanify --help I have this message Can't locate File/Copy/Recursive.pm in @INC (you may need to install the File::Copy::Recursive module) (@...
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List of commands defined in CTAN packages

Are there any resources available that list the control sequences/commands available from each package on CTAN (or other TeX hosting sites)? I understand they are shown in the documentation PDF's, ...
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The updates on the different latex distributions

Before yesterday, on 25 July 2017, the media9 package was updated by its developer Alexander Grahn (aka AlexG) on the deposit of the CTAN. Today by performing an automatic update of MiKTeX, this ...
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Cannot install package in tlmgr

sudo tlmgr install shading Password: tlmgr: package repository http://ctan.mirrors.hoobly.com/systems/texlive/tlnet (verified) tlmgr install: package shading not present in repository. tlmgr: action ...
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How to find the documentation for a package?

Where could I find the Tikz Manual version 3.0.1a as a PDF file ? More generally, how do I find the documentation for a package.
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Modify white background of CTAN lion EPS

I want to use vector image ctanlion.eps in my beamer presentations. \documentclass{beamer} \setbeamertemplate{navigation symbols}{} \setbeamertemplate{background canvas}[default] \setbeamercolor{...
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How to install tlmgr and texliveonfly in Amazon linux machine / CentOS?

I want to install full latex on my AWS environment which uses Amazon machine image. They provide only texlive-2012 which not upto date. With tlmgr and texliveonfly I can install the missing packages ...
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Package with pre-made set of customizable drawings [duplicate]

I remember a LaTeX package I found time ago, which provided a lot of good quality drawings to use in presentations. Things like avatars, object of some kinds, etc.. The drawings were customizable and ...
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Is it ok to upload a package to CTAN, where only part of its expected final features are currently available? [closed]

Context: I am developing a package that aims at providing a set of several environments and related macros. One environment is currently fully developed. (In concrete terms, my package aims at ...
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CTAN mirror size

What is the current (2017) approximate (+/- 50Gb is adequate precision) size of the CTAN mirror ? I cannot find this information online, the only way to calculate it myself seems to rsync, but this ...
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Trouble installing xcolor package - Undefined control sequence in xcolor.dtx

I am trying to install the xcolor package. The server it is being uploaded from is obviously down. I downloaded it from CTAN but cannot compile the necessary files because of an undefined control ...
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Where can I find old versions of book.cls?

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 ...
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insdljs — TL install and post document expiration popup?

I would like to use javascript in my pdflatex documents to test if the document is too old; and if so, put up a popup window reminder to delete the current version and download an updated version from ...
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Installing The Numprint Package Style [duplicate]

ftp://ftp.dante.de/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/numprint/ http://ctan.math.washington.edu/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/numprint/ do not contain the numprint.sty files. Neither does the .zip ...
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Why does CTAN now look like I'm on LSD?

It seems that the CTAN network has been updated to appear as if users are on hard drugs or in the twilight zone. The moving background is making me dizzy. This is not the same as What is CTAN.org now?...
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Downloading the “The LATEX Com­pan­ion”, sec­ond edi­tion example files from CTAN

I learned that many of (La)TeX book examples are stored in http://ctan.org/tex-archive/info/examples directory. However, the directory with examples from the book LaTeX Companion 2nd ed does not ...
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Miktex xetex-def package installation

Miktex wants to install xetex-def package in order to compile. It cannot be installed automatically from package depository because of server error (error response from server:404). Package files can ...
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Call of a package in general. Access and visibility of stylefiles

i.e. the moderncv-package has several sty-files (i.e. moderncvbodyi.sty). Apparently, I can not call \usepackage{moderncvbodyi} from another document than a moderncv-document. This means, that the ...
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Is there a repository of known bugs and/or list of changes for packages on CTAN?

I recently encountered what I believe was a bug in a LaTeX package I was using. After losing a few hours on the issue1, I noticed that the documentation was updated after TeX Live 2015. I tried my ...
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CTAN popup on April 1, 2016 [duplicate]

I went to CTAN.org and this huge message popped up on my browser. I think I'm certain that it only applies for today, April, 1st 2016. Can anyone confirm? Dearest customer, https://www.ctan.org/...
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TeX becoming proprietary? [duplicate]

On a recent visit to CTAN I got a popup warning message that the distribution rights for TeX have been acquired from Donald Knuth by Latex Productions International Ltd., Shanghai and that they will ...
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What is this “Comprehensive LaTeX Artifact Novelty” thing? [duplicate]

Today, looking for a package on the CTAN, this window popped up: Is this for real? Or is it something else?
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What is CTAN.org now?

Today I clicked in this link in TeX StackExchange http://ctan.org/pkg/svg and I got this message (screenshot below). In particular, what does it mean that "Latex Productions International has ...
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List of package requests?

I have recently entered the realm of package development and uploaded my first package to CTAN. Is there a master crowd-sourced list somewhere of issues/abilities that people would like to see solved/...
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New package submitted to CTAN, but cannot be found by tlmgr

I submitted a new package to CTAN days ago. I can find this package on CTAN, but my texlive installation cannot find it via tlmgr. How long does it take for CTAN new package to be installed in texlive?...
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How does the TeX Live Manager pick mirrors if none is manually specified?

I assumed that the TeX Live Manager would pick random mirrors if you didn't specify one (or random within the same continent or such). When I asked a question about this @cfr thought it would ...
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Automatically find fastest CTAN mirror

Back when I used linux there was a program that would find you the fastest Debian package repository based on your location. Is there a similar one for CTAN? I've been manually picking ones that I ...
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texlive packages to know? [duplicate]

texlive now has about 150,000 files, and thousands of packages. I obviously don't know the vast majority. I only know what I regularly use. A long time ago, the LaTeX Companion was my bible, but ...
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Why is libertineotf font under “obsolete” directory?

Looking up libertineotf package on CTAN:, its sources live under the obsolete directory: http://mirror.ctan.org/obsolete/fonts/libertineotf. Does this mean this package is obsolete? Is there an ...
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How to adapt a paper to the Tex style of a journal

I want to write my paper using LaTeX. In this journal they provide their LaTeX file which you can download from the link. Here is the readme file. I do not understand several things. I use Windows. 1-...
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How to use an unlisted CTAN mirror URL in MikTeX?

Is there any way to manually enter the URL of a CTAN mirror in MikTeX, if that URL is not part of the official repository list? Unfortunately company guidelines won't allow me to run an official ...
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Computer and save symbol in LaTeX

How can I write a computer/pc symbol computer/pc symbol and a save symbol in LaTeX? I looked in the Comprehensive LaTeX symbol list but don't find them.
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Automatically download and install packages from CTAN to compile a specific document

While working with some of my co-workers it happens that we have different versions of TeXLive. Because of that, some of them cannot compile my documents due to package missing. A question came to my ...