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How do I install the latest TeX Live 2012?

Ubuntu 12.04 still includes the outdated and obsolete 2009 version of TeX Live. Other than installing manually from the TeX Live website, is there any alternative to install the latest 2012 version on ...
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What's the easiest way to get started with LaTeX?

I'd like to learn and use LaTeX on Ubuntu. What packages do I need? What is the best editor for LaTeX code on Ubuntu for a new LaTeX user? I'd also like the ability to see the code in one pane and ...
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How can the Ubuntu font be used with LyX or LaTeX?

I use LyX for creating documents and would like to be able to format the output of my documents so that they use the Ubuntu font. In the LyX document settings, it appears that there are only a fixed ...
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How to convert .tex into .odt?

I wish to convert a .tex file into an .odt file. Can you suggest a good step-by-step solution?
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How to check if a LaTeX package has been installed?

How to check if a LaTeX package has been installed in Ubuntu? When installing, I followed the methods mentioned in http://math.arizona.edu/support/tex/accountpackages.html and ...
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Using gnome-open to open pdf files

I configured evince to be my default application to open pdf files (using Open with... and clicking on always opening pdf files with this application), but when I type gnome-open foo.pdf instead of ...
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What is a good setup for LaTeX and R?

I am not sure if this is the proper place for this question, so my apologies if it is not. I want to switch from Windows to Ubuntu, or at least have an additional operating system next to windows. I ...
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Markdown, LaTeX combined in WYSIWYG editor. Is there any?

I really like the way markdown is implemented in SE bunch of sites, where I can easily write code blocks, performing formatting or even use latex on some of sites like writing $\pi$. I also like how ...
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How do I set PATH variables for all users on a server?

I just finished installing LaTeX for my company's Ubuntu server that we all SSH into to use. At the end of the install it says this: Add /usr/local/texlive/2010/texmf/doc/man to MANPATH, if not ...
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SyncTeX with gedit and Evince

In Oneiric gedit includes support for SyncTeX and Evince has supported it since 2.32 (Oneiric includes Evince 3.2.0). How do I use SyncTeX with gedit and Evince? I have compiled with the -synctex=1 ...
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Easy installation/removal of a LaTeX package

I used to use LaTeX in Windows and there was Miktex Package Manager with which it was very easy to add a missing package. I wanted to install textcomp to Ubuntu 11.10 and it requires me to download ...
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How to compile gedit LaTeX plugin?

Because I'd like to use the Gedit LaTeX plugin that is unfortunately not available for Gedit 3.2 in the repositories, I want to compile it myself. The most recent version you can get on ...
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A PDF viewer supporting SyncTeX for Gnome

I am looking for a PDF viewer for working with LaTeX and SyncTeX (forward and inverse search) under Gnome. I know from previous questions in various forums that Okular has this feature, but I prefer ...
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TeX Live 2010 or 2011 in 11.10?

Will Ubuntu 11.10 ship with TeX Live 2010 or 2011? It seems Debian will package TeX Live 2011 and TeX Live 2011 has now been released. See also: needs-packaging request on launchpad.
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How to use gedit-latex-plugin?

I have installed the packages texlive and gedit-latex-plugin. I see syntax highlighting for .tex files, but I don't get any extra stuff in my gedit menus or toolbars for latex -> pdf like I expected ...
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finding the TeX Live version

Using the terminal in Debian/Ubuntu, how does find the version of the system's TeX Live distribution? I don't have tlmgr so I would need to need to do this either through apt-get, aptitude, or some ...
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Is there a mind mapping software that can handle latex?

I run Lubuntu 12.04 and after several terrible experiences with libre office I downloaded core and have not touched it since april. I find kile ok and have been learning to use that and writing with ...
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Setting TeX Live path for root

I have installed TeX Live 2011 vanilla and I have trouble setting the TeX Live path for root (in Ubuntu 11.10). The problem is that when I run sudo tlmgr I get: sudo: tlmgr: command not found To ...
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Note taking software that can support advanced math notation

I'm trying to keep a large collection of GCSE notes for every subject I study, being 10 subjects. I will be using fairly advanced math notation so I would like it to support some system like latex or ...
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How can I install gedit-latex-plugin without installing the rest of TeX?

After installing ubuntu 12.04 Gedit has gotten much better (faster), and I'm considering using it for LaTeX. I have installed TeXLive 2011 via their own installation script (Ubuntu repositories only ...
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Gedit's LaTeX plugin opens a dialog called “Choose Master Document” each time a .tex file is opened

I use gedit-latex-plugin to edit my LaTeX documents. However, each time I open a .tex or .sty file, an annoying dialog labeled "Choose Master Document" pops up, and unless I select the same file ...
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What are the best LaTeX editor/compiler?

I'm looking for a LaTeX editor/compiler that does not show the output until it is done. It can be in terminal or not, I don't care.
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How to install ochem for texlive

I found this package for latex that gives me the ability to typeset organic structural formulae and reaction schemes for chemistry. I'm having trouble with installing it though. I read through the ...
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Searching package repositories by contents

I am searching for a particular LaTeX input file, and have not been able to find it in the repositories. I am fairly certain that the repositories can be searched by contents because the following ...
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No Xelatex in texlive 2012

just installed texlive 2012 on my ubuntu and I have no xelatex. There is one in Mac distribution. Is Ubuntu's "special"? I'll be glad for help.
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How to convert LaTeX equations to SVG?

At the moment, I'm using mimetex to automatically convert a bunch of equations into gif-images. The program is fast, but the images look pretty bad: How can I (quickly) convert a LaTeX equation ...
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How to install LaTeX package called “standalone” properly so I can get update with Synaptic package manager?

How to install LaTeX package called "standalone" properly so I can get update with Synaptic package manager? I know I can manually download the file and install it.
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How to copy files from remote server to local machine?

I use ssh mylogin@server to connect to a remote server... I am wondering how to copy the whole files from there to my local machine... One reason to do this, is that, I could not compile a latex file ...
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Does anyone know why does Ubuntu 11.10 use TeXLive 2009?

Many of my old examples for PGF plots do not work any more. I think the problem is due to this. Does anyone know why 11.10 use the old version of TeXLive?
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setting up vim with latex suite

I am trying to setup vim with latex suite. I have installed vim from the terminal prompt sudo apt-get install vim but sudo apt-get install latex-suite or latexsuite doesn't do anything. What ...
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Removing TeX Live

I want to update my TeX Live 2009 to 2012. I want a fresh install and would like to remove TeX Live 2009 on my ubuntu. How should I remove TeX Live using my terminal?
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Lyx doesn't work (can't find cls files)

I installed Lyx in my system, but it I just can't make it work. Every time I open any file, I get a message similar to this one: The selected document class article requires external files that ...
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PDFs generated by LyX not searchable in 12.10 or 13.04

I recently updated one of my computers to 12.10 and did a clean install of 13.04 on another, but neither allow me to search a PDF that I exported using LyX (LaTeX editor). I have no problem searching ...
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How to uninstall Latex?

Ubuntu and Latex newbie here. Very basic question I have. I recently installed Latex using the following code: sudo apt-get install texlive However, I want to uninstall this and just get the latex ...
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How can I install TeXMaker 3?

When trying to install TeXMaker 3 in Ubuntu 11.04 with the package available with the 32bit package at http://www.xm1math.net/texmaker/download.html I get the following error: Preparing to replace ...
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How can I launch a specific application bypassing the global menu in Unity?

So, trying to get up to speed with LaTex in vim/gvim... problem is the beginners tutorial for vim-latexsuite assumes gvim and the gui menus. Okay, got gvim right here. Problem is, under Unity and the ...
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How to deal with configuration style warnings occuring from TexLive 2012 installation?

I followed the advice of izx on how to install TexLive 2012 using the texlive-backports PPA. Before I started I removed all TexLive-related packages. The installation finished and everything seems to ...
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What packages do I need to compile .tex documents using XeLaTeX?

I'm aware of the existence of similar threads on this forum. But any of replies mach to my problem. I'm using Ubuntu 10.4 and I hadn't problems with fonts till I've decided to use XeLaTeX instead of ...
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Use CM Roman (latex font) in Inkscape?

I made a SVG in Inkscape on Fedora with the CM Roman (latex) font, but when opening the SVG on Ubuntu 12.04, it says it doesn't have CM Roman even though TexLive is installed. How do I use the CM ...
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Why is the LaTeXDraw logo so big in Xfce 4.10?

Is there a bug in XFCE desktop? Namely, I can see some weird "XD"-letters when I try to open LaTeXDraw. Letters seem to be much bigger than the normal logo. It does not affect my mouse. I'm using Xfce ...
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upgrading latex pgfplots in ubuntu 12.04

I have pgfplots for LaTeX installed but I'm not sure how to upgrade it to the newest version. When I do a search for pgfplots, it returns lots of folders... The sourceforge download has a zip file for ...
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How to replace all images in Libreoffice with their description

I have a very long document containing lots of svg images created using the extension TexMaths. This extension uses the latex installation to create svg image of the inputted equation (or set of ...
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Firefox not displaying LaTex (via MathJax)

I'm using Firefox 23.0 on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64-bits. I'm having problems with seeing math formulas on Math Stack Exchange. I went to the MathJax website and there I can see the ML but not the LaTeX. ...
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LaTeXit alternative for ubuntu

On my Mac I was using LaTeXit. It takes a LaTeX code and produces instant pdfs (or pngs, jpgs, etc…). I'm sure there's a similar programme for Ubuntu. But I was unable to find one. Any ideas? ...
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tlmgr viaTeX Live Backports PPA

I just installed TeX Live 2012, --on ubuntu 12.04-- via a this PPA, but cannot seem to figure out how to install tlmgr. I need help installing it.
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Keeping files that are often changed in sync between desktop and laptop

I'm looking for a way to keep a desktop and a laptop in sync. What I want to keep in sync are some folders, mainly ~/Documents, that are changed often when working on them. If it matters I can ...
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how to extract a vector figure from pdf

I have a question. I inserted my figure into my pdf file using latex in this way: I first created a vector figure using inkscape. Then I converted it to the pdf format and then included it to pdf ...
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SSD tweaks for Ubuntu 12.04 cause Texmaker to compile a lot slower

I added these tweaks from Ubuntu SSD Tweak and Ubuntu Tweaks but now Texmaker is compiling slowly. Does someone know what tweak would be causing this? Or could I edit something unrelated to the ...
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Problem with Latex Packages Ubuntu 12.04

I'm writing a latex document in TeXworks and I'm having some problems with a couple of packages I'm using in my file, amsrefs.sty and pcatcode.sty. For some reason TeXworks decided it didn't like ...
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How to copy from a pdf to another pdf in ubuntu/linux

So Preview for Mac OS X has this capability. I want to be able to just highlight whatever on a pdf, and be able to copy and paste immediately into another pdf file (via the clipboard). I do a lot in ...