B Installing and Maintaining LATEX

In this appendix, we describe how the TEX program and LATEX files are installed, how they are organized, and what their roles are. Throughout this book we have given examples of contributed packages, but here we list those packages and other files that belong to the ‘kernel’, the essential installation. In Section B.6, we explain how LATEX ticks, what happens during a processing run, and what all the various file types mean.

B.1 Installing LATEX

We explain first LATEX installations in general before looking at the particular one provided on the enclosed TEX Live CD.

B.1.1 TEX implementations

One must have the TEX program and its auxiliaries (METAFONT, font files) before LATEX can be set up on top of it. Installing ...

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