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Answer is an expansion of a comment made by John Kormylo. To avoid getting the message "this does not look like a TDS; are you sure...", extract xcolor.zip into <dir>/tex/latex rather than just to <dir>/. cd to <dir>/tex/latex and pdflatex xcolor.ins to generate xcolor.sty. Using the MikTeX console to Settings->Directories, add the ...

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Well, just use Emacs. Steep learning curve, but worth the time and effort. And it comes with org-mode. Good thing to get things organised. I never learned lisp, by the way. To write and compile *.tex files, there is AUCTeX mode of Emacs.

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Is your network connection effectively timing out? Reviewing the download progress of packages, elapsed times (assuming I'm reading them correctly as minutes:seconds) seem quite slow. Perhaps try renewing your connection, checking DL speeds independently?

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Try this: \documentclass{article} \newcommand{\test}{{abc}def} \begin{document} \uppercase\test \end{document} The output is Funny? A bit. The fact is that \uppercase is a TeX primitive that requires { after it. To this end, it expands tokens after it; any \relax token or space token is ignored and expansion is resumed. This expansion process ends as ...

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latex provides \MakeUppercase because \uppercase will destroy lots of text, almost all text if you are using UTF-8 with non ascii letters. However the specific error here is \uppercase\chaptertitlename The braces are not optional, it has to be \uppercase{\chaptertitlename} hence the missing brace error that you show. But as noted above this will break ...

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You do not define \FILENAME in the case that filecontents* is used, presumably you want something like this that defines it to be \jobname \documentclass[tikz, border=0mm]{standalone} \usepackage{array} \usepackage{readarray} \readarraysepchar{,} \usepackage{filecontents} % If the argument is provided at the Windows command prompt use it % otherwise ...

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