mirror.ctan.orgmechanism, simply place the CTAN path after the base URL; so http://mirror.ctan.org/macros/latex/contrib/footmisc/ will connect you to the footmisc directory at some CTAN mirror. For details of how to find files at CTAN sites, see “finding (La)TeX files”. The TeX user who has no access to any sort of network may buy a copy of the archive as part of the TeX Live distribution; the disc is, necessarily, out of date, but it is likely to be better than what (if anything) came with your operating system.
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