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If the information came from these FAQs, you should already
have a link to the file (there are lists of packages at the end of
Click on one of the links associated with the package, and you can
get the package (which may be one file or several).
If you heard about the file somewhere else, it’s possible that the
source told you where to look; if not, try the CTAN searching
facilities, such as http://www.tex.ac.uk/search/
. That (rather
simple) search engine can return data from a search of the CTAN
catalogue (which covers most useful packages), or data from a search
of the names of files on the archive.
Packages come in a variety of different styles of distribution; the
very simplest will actually offer just package.sty
— in this
case, just download the file and
get on with installation
You will regularly find that the file you want (e.g., foo.sty
is distributed in a LaTeX documented source file foo.dtx
thus you should search just for foo
visible anywhere on the archive or in the catalogue.
Since most packages are distributed in this
way, they usually occupy their own
directory on the archive. Even if that directory contains other
packages, you should download everything in the directory: as often as
not, packages grouped in this way depend on each other, so that you
the other ones.
Having acquired the package distribution,
“unpacking LaTeX packages
your next step.
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This is FAQ version 3.27, released on 2013-06-07.