TeX (generally)

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TeX (generally)

We are currently using the 2007 TeX Live distribution of TeX and related files. Soon we will transition to the 2010 version of TeX live—see the section below.

You can browse local documentation on TeX Live and its packages by going to http://math.berkeley.edu/~vojta/tex-doc . Files of particular interest to beginners include:

You can also see our old TeX help instead, but be warned that many of these documents refer to LaTeX 2.09 instead of LaTeX 2e, which is installed here and which has been the "modern" version of LaTeX since 1993.

More good starting points for TeX and LaTeX information:

Some WikiBooks are also available for TeX:

Transition to TeX Live 2010

As of 28 March 2011, we are now using the 2010 version of TeX Live. This version incorporates:

  • fuller support for Unicode characters,
  • preliminary support for the STIX font set developed by the AMS in collaboration with other major publishers,
  • a newer version of LuaTeX (which combines a scripting language with TeX),
  • numerous other updates to the standard programs.

Solaris machines will not be able to run TeX Live 2010, because support for Solaris is being phased out in the math department.

If you are having problems with the new version of TeX, you can go back to the old version by typing the command

set path = (/local/depot/4/texlive-2007/bin $path)

If you are using a thin client (or using the thin client server), then type the following instead:

set path = (/local/depot/texlive-2007/bin $path)

If this is the case, though, be sure to report the problem, since problems cannot be fixed if we don't know about them.

Please send any questions or concerns to Paul Vojta.

Links

Links to special topics on TeX include:

Some Samples

Some TeX samples are available:

latex Writing a thesis in LaTeX (same as the above link)
latex Writing a letter or memo in LaTeX
tex and amstex latex A sample MetaPost document, with a label
tex and amstex latex A sample embedded MetaPost figure
tex amstex latex Using Ralph Smith's Formal Script (rsfs) fonts for nicer script characters
amstex latex Using Cyrillic text
amstex latex Using Cyrillic symbols
latex Using Romanian characters
amstex latex Bold Greek letters