[tex-live] Re: TUG member needs help with TL6 and Elsevier

Eugene A. Ustinov Eugene.A.Ustinov@jpl.nasa.gov
Mon, 28 Jan 2002 07:22:32 -0800

Dear Simon:

Thank you for your email. At this point I was able to solve the problem 
with kind assistance of Cheryl Ponchin from AMS. I have used the installer 
and the solution was just to ignore the error messages and keep going with 
the "Next" buton. In the meantime I have another problem, this time with 
'windvi'. For some reason, the resolution of the image of the page on the 
screen is much worse than it used to be with the previous LaTeX package 
I've used earlier. When I print out the paper, the resolution is OK, 
although the fonts look somewhat different and not so neat as, again, they 
used to be. This problem is certainly unrelated to the Elsevier package but 
if you have any suggestions for me, I would be very grateful.

With best wishes,


At 09:04 PM 1/26/2002 +0100, you wrote:

Dear Eugene,
On Fri, Jan 25, 2002 at 10:03:26AM +0100, Hans Hagen wrote:
 > [cc to simon: simon, this is an elsevier problem and you being the tex guru
 > there ...]

As, Eugene guessed correctly, it is more of a TeXLive problem than an
Elsevier problem, but I am glad to offer some assistance.

 > At 11:11 AM 1/24/2002 -0800, TUG Office wrote:
 > >Hello Peter and Hans,
 > >Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2002 10:03:03 Eugene wrote to tex-live:
 > >Dear TeX users:
 > >I need to add the LaTeX package of Elsevier to TeX Live 6 software
 > >installed on my computer (PC/Windows2000). I have found the package on the
 > >TeX catalog online website but I need to know where to download it on my
 > >hard drive and whether I need to do anything in addition (like updating
 > >some information on the disk, etc.). I would be grateful if anybody can
 > >help me with this problem.
 > >Thank you,
 > >Eugene
 > >
 > >Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2002 16:08:26 +0000 Sebastian wrote:
 > >         add to $TEXMFLOCAL/latex/elsevier and run mktexlsr. read 
texmf.cnf to
 > >         see what TEXMFLOCAL is defined
 > >
 > >On Thu, Jan 24, 2002 at 07:27:47AM -0800, Eugene A. Ustinov wrote:
 > > > Thank you for your email. There is no directory $TEXMFLOCAL on my hard
 > > > drive. Should I create it myself? -- eu
 > >
 > >Sebastian replied:
 > >I dont literally mean $TEXMFLOCAL. I mean whatever that variable
 > >expands into...
 > >
 > >Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2002 18:42:11 Eugene wrote to Cheryl Ponchin:
 > >Hi, Cheryl:
 > >Here is the description. The little window has a title "Error" and
 > >contains following:
 > >Error: can't find the TPM directory
 > >This little window is on the foreground of the bigger window of the
 > >TeXLive Setup Wizard with the header "TPM Files Progress" with buttons
 > >"Back", "Next", Cancel" and "Help" as on previous windows which popped up
 > >during this process.
 > >Earlier I have received that same error message when I tried to download
 > >the Elsevier package from the Web.
 > >Please confirm receiving of this message if appropriate.
 > >Thank you for your help!
 > >Eugene
 > >
 > >Cheryl concluded there is a problem with the installer on TeX Live 6.  Is
 > >this the case?  I've looked at past emails (sent to tex-live)
 > >  about installing TeX Live 6 ~ wondered about the (11000000 v 1100000)
 > > latex main memory issue ~ but I am entirely unqualified to

Before I start, a comment on the version of the Elsevier LaTeX
package: The current version is always on Elsevier's web site,
www.elsevier.com/locate/latex. I have not checked whether the TeXLive
repository has this latest version. I do know that CTAN is up to date.

There may be two ways to do it:

1. The user friendly way: Use the TeXLive installer, as you tried. I
    am not familiar with it, so I cannot comment on why it failed. I
    cannot even comment on whether it is able to add packages, but I
    assume it is.

2. The hard way: Move it to the right place and update the TeX file
    database. That is what I will try to describe here.

Try to find the root of the TeX installation. It may be at
C:\TeXLive\texmf, or similar. If not, you may search your disks for a
directory called texmf. Or you may go to the command line (sometimes
called a DOS box, although in Windows2000 all DOS has disappeared from
it), and give the command:

	kpsewhich --expand-var \$TEXMFMAIN

When you have found that, go to it, go into the subdirectory tex, then
latex, then make a directory elsevier, and put the files there. Then
go up again to the texmf directory, and give the command

	  mktexlsr .

or go to the TeXLive installer and try to find an option 'update
filename databases' and activate it.

Some people will argue that it is not wise to install additional
packages in this place, which is the system tree. Indeed, it would be
better to install it in the local tree, which can be found with the

	kpsewhich --expand-var \$TEXMFLOCAL

if it exists. But if you find that too complicated, the above is good

Please, send further questions to my office address

With kind regards,
Simon Pepping
LaTeX support
Elsevier Science

Simon Pepping
email: spepping@scaprea.hobby.nl