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Setting up BasicTex (Homebrew)

Update: As noted by Dorian, brew cask is now smart enough to run the installer: $ brew install --cask basictex ==> Downloading http://mirror.ctan.org/systems/mac/mactex/mactex-basictex-20180417.pkg ...
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What are the practical differences between installing LaTeX from MacTeX or MacPorts/Homebrew?

I just installed MacTeX with homebrew. brew install --cask mactex That provided me with /Application/TeX, containing TeXShop program and the utilities. However, I am missing the pdflatex tool from ...
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MacTeX upgrade from 2022 to 2023

TeXLive doesn't provide an upgrade path; it's always best to install the current year from scratch. For the Mac that simply means downloading the latest MacTeX installer and installing it. There's no ...
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Apple Silicon M1 Mac compatibility for MacTeX, and performance

It's not as simple an answer, and I'll divide my answer in two parts... Part-1: "Benchmark" Upon researching internet for a latex benchmark and a site that maintains/publishes benchmark ...
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How do I add a .sty file to my MacTeX/TeXShop installation?

To add cls package (like moderncv) in my OS distribution with texlive 2015, I just unzip package under /usr/local/texlive/2015basic/texmf-dist/tex/latex. Don't forget to run sudo texhash! Hope this ...
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Centralised .bib file on Mac

The simplest place to put local files with MacTeX is your local texmf folder which is located in: ~/Library/texmf Files you put in this texmf folder will be found automatically without the need to ...
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Fresh install Mac OS Sierra and MacTeX

According to post by Dick Koch on the macosx-tex mailing list: This problem only concerns users who install Sierra on a new disk, rather than updating an existing system to Sierra. If these users ...
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New tex live or old MacTeX?

For most purposes, MacTeX is the Mac distribution of TeX Live. As with all other platforms, groups of volunteers compile new binaries for TeX Live every year, and the MacTeX group is responsible for ...
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Problem using newtx

Although the TeX Live/MiKTeX package corresponding to the NewTX fonts is called newtx, this is of no consequence on how you have to load the LaTeX package. The unfortunate circumstance that we use ...
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Texlive 2020 on MacOS Catalina

I guess I have almost the same situation as yours (recently reinstalled mac os, hence the newest version Catalina 10.15.4) As @Mico and @egreg said, since you are "Mac OS 10.13, High Sierra, or ...
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Checking MacTeX version installed on a Mac

The latest info as of May 2019. Tex Live Utility allows you to check the MacTex version you are currently using (and to switch to other version if needed). There is no longer a System Preferences ...
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Illegal unit of measure(pt inserted) in BMVC paper template

(Disclaimer: I'm a support personnel at Overleaf.) I got the same error while compiling your project on MacTeX 2016. The error is caused by line 657 of the bmvc2k.cls file: \put(\LenToUnit{\...
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XeLaTex does not show unicode symbol

xelatex reports Missing character: There is no ♘ (U+2658) in font [lmroman12-regular]:mapping=t ex-text;! As Latin Modern does not have this character. albatross U+2658 will list fonts you have ...
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Why exactly does Biber need Command Line Tools?

Summarizing the comment here, the reason the Developer Tools need to be installed comes from the way the biber unpacks itself on first run. Each new version of the binary checks to see whether it is ...
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! LaTeX Error: File `multirow.sty' not found

On Linux this should work fine, if you install the package texlive-latex-extra The Documentation is huge (some GB) and is not needed locally, so installation without docs via aptitude would be ...
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MacTeX 2020 Not Installing memoir.sty?

memoir is a documentclass, not a package. So you load it like this: \documentclass{memoir} not \usepackage{memoir}
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What's wrong with the xwatermark package?

https://www.ctan.org/pkg/xwatermark xwatermark "is currently unmaintained and does not work with modern LaTeX releases." You probably want to use the watermark package instead. https://www....
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What are the practical differences between installing LaTeX from MacTeX or MacPorts/Homebrew?

I installed LaTeX with MacPorts as an experiment. It seems to be working really well. I installed the main packages with: sudo port install texlive texlive-latex-extra which got most of it and took ...
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Is texdistmgr no longer needed on macOS?

The TeX Distribution Preference Pane is no longer included in recent versions of MacTeX since it became too difficult to maintain it over many OS versions. You can use recent versions of TeX Live ...
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What are the practical differences between installing LaTeX from MacTeX or MacPorts/Homebrew?

Talking about MacPorts: Are there advantages/disadvantages with using one or the other solution? Advantage of MacPorts Its latex integrates better & easier with other MacPorts packages. ...
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How do I add a .sty file to my MacTeX/TeXShop installation?

If you're using mactex, just follow the instruction you have provided in the description, move the relevant file into the directory, e.g., move *.sty file to /usr/local/texlive/texmf-local/tex/latex/...
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Setting up BasicTex (Homebrew)

I installed BasicTex but it was not added to the PATH file in macOS. I use zsh so i added the following to ~/.zshrc # pdftex export PATH=“/Library/TeX/texbin/:$PATH”
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Uppercase Gamma not appearing in mtpro2 package with fontspec, Baskerville, and XeLaTex

If I reorganize the preamble like below, the \Gamma appears. \documentclass[12pt]{article} \usepackage[spanish,es-nodecimaldot,es-lcroman]{babel} \usepackage[export]{adjustbox} \usepackage{amsmath} ...
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Producing images for Twitter

standalone works OK if you read the documentation. \documentclass[border=10pt,preview,varwidth]{standalone} \newenvironment{nothing}{}{} \standaloneenv{nothing} \begin{document} \begin{nothing} A \...
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Proper spacing on footnote symbols

The solution is to use textcomp package that provides \textdagger and \textdaggerdbl instead of \dagger and \ddagger. My debugging show that four \daggers or \ddaggers in the row (in math mode ...
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Can't run TeX from Terminal in Catalina / What is texk?/"I can't find the format file `TeX.fmt'!"

tl;dr: When calling TeX from the terminal, call tex (in lowercase), not TeX. Modern TeX engines look at the name the program is called with to identify the default format to load. (E.g. if the program ...
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How can I align this system of equations?

With cases: \[ \begin{cases} 2x-5y-z=2\\ 2x^2=y \end{cases} \]
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How to change font to Helvetica Neue? None of answers here work!

To use the Helvetica Neue font (OpenType or TrueType) you need to load the fontspec package and typeset with XeLaTeX or LuaLaTeX. Change the argument of \setmainfont according to the specific font you ...
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MacTex 2022 issues

Based on the comments, I've managed to reconstruct the basic problem here, which relates to changes in the MacOS as of Monterey (OS 12) and apps like Dropbox and OneDrive. As of MacOS 12, there are ...
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Why is the MacTeX distribution so large? Is there anything smaller for OS X?

Little late to the party but if you want to easily install mactex with varying degrees of bloat you can use the package manager home-brew to install one of the following: There are three versions of ...
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