Installing files “where (La)TeX can find them”
In the past, package documentation used always to tell you to put your
files “where LaTeX can find them”; this was always unhelpful —
if you knew where that was, you didn’t need telling, but if you
didn’t know, you were completely stuck.
It was from this issue that the whole idea of the TDS sprang;
“where to put” questions now come down to “where’s the TDS
We therefore answer the question by considering:
Once we know the answer to both questions, and we’ve created any
directories that are needed, we simply copy files to their rightful
This has done what the old requirement specified: LaTeX (or
whatever) can (in principle) find the files. However, in order
that the software will find the files, we need to update an
On a MiKTeX system, open the window
and click on
The job may also be done in a command window, using the command:
gives further details about
On a TeX Live-based system (or its predecessor teTeX, use the command
texhash (or if that’s not available,
they ought to be different names for the same program).
Having done all this, the new package will be available for use.
This question on the Web: http://www.tex.ac.uk/cgi-bin/texfaq2html?label=inst-wlcf