# [OS X TeX] Re: Using packages

Alain Schremmer Schremmer.Alain at verizon.net
Tue May 4 10:06:13 EDT 2004

```You guessed right: I confused LaTeX package, as in
\usepackage{LaTeXpackage}, to be invoked in the Preamble, and
i-packages. Which brings up a question I had: Where do I find a list of
the LaTeX package that I /have/ installed --without knowing it of
course? (I can't even remember what i-packages I installed.)

And I will get the booktabs documentation as well as others which I
sorely need.

As for the off-line, I am still digesting the Not So Short and the
Indian Primer. Then, hopefully, I will be up to the Guide.

By the way, I still have TeX and Metafont, mostly unread. At the time,
circa 1980, I had jut started a small press, I read exactly and only the
Preface as clearly visible when seen from the top. I remember asking a
"relevant person" at a joint meeting what the difference between LaTeX
and TeX was and retreating in complete disorder.

Regards
--schremmer

Michael S. Hanson wrote:

>     First, booktabs appears to be part of the standard gwTeX
> installation,  so you do not need to install an additional i-Package.
> In fact, you  will find that Gerben has done a nice job of
> incorporating a large  number of LaTeX packages (which are *not* the
> same as i-Packages) into  the base install.
>
>     Third, use the commands outlined in the booktabs documentation
> <http://www.tug.org/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/booktabs/
> booktabs.pdf> to format your tables.
>
>     By the way, I cannot recommend enough that you invest in a
> printed,  off-line book on LaTeX.  There are many to choose from, and
> everyone on  the list has a different favorite.  (Search the list
> archives for  "LaTeX books" or the like.)  My personal favorite is
> "Guide to LaTeX"  by Kopka & Daly (which just came out in a 4th
> edition), but it is  solidly for intermediate (not beginning) users,
> IMHO.
>
>                                         -- Mike
>
>

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