LaTeX is a document preparation system for high-quality typesetting. It is most often used for medium-to-large technical or scientific documents but it can be used for almost any form of publishing.

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General Tutorials


  • Open an X11 terminal (if you do not use an X windows enabled terminal Maple will run in the command-line mode).
  • TeXMaker is the LaTeX frontend.
  • LaTeX is available from on almost every computer managed by DSC, to execute it type
latex filename.tex
pdflatex filename.tex
pslatex filename.tex

Missing Style Files

You may request TSG to install standard packages by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or download and put them in ~/texmf/. The following commands can be helpful:
kpsewhich filename.sty
kpsewhich -var-value=TEXMFHOME
If you have filename.ins, filename.sty can be generated by running:
latex filename.ins