This page describes how to go about getting access to new LaTeX packages, either by installing them yourself in your home directory or by requesting them to be installed system-wide.
If you need a package to perform a particular task, but you do not know the actual name of the package, there are several resources you can use to find out:
Once you have determined the name of the package that you want to use, you should check if it is already installed on Informatics systems. There are two places to check for this:
If the package is listed on one of the above pages, it is already available. These pages also provide documentation on how to use the packages that they list; if you have difficulty in using a particular package, send mail to your local computing support person.
The remainder of this document describes how to go about making a new package available for use. There are two basic options available:
If the package that you want to use is likely to be useful to other people as well, you can ask that it be added to the common Informatics installation. To request that a package be added, please ask your local computing support personnel.
The following are the steps that you should follow to install a new LaTeX package into your own home directory.
Alternatively, you could put all of the .sty etc. files into the same directory as the document you are editing. However, if you end up wanting to use them again later, you will have to copy them into the new directory as well, so in the long term it is probably better to put them into ~/texmf.
For more information than you probably ever wanted to know about the ~/texmf directory and how (La)TeX searches for files, you can read the documentation on the TeX Directory Structure.
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