[OS X TeX] a suggestion

Alan Munn amunn at msu.edu
Sun Mar 2 15:31:23 EST 2008

At 15:14 -0500 2/3/08, ludwik kowalski wrote:
>On Mar 2, 2008, at 1:38 PM, ludwik kowalski wrote:
>>On Mar 1, 2008, at 11:27 PM, John McChesney-Young wrote:
>>>. . . Besides the helpful lshort .pdf 
>>>suggested by Professor Skiadas, another good 
>>>introductory electronic resource is:
>>This 2008 tutorial is indeed very good for 
>>beginners. The above URL is probably worth 
>>adding to the Help menu of TexShop.
>Unfortunately, this tutorial does not (?) have a 
>chapter on indexing. I learned about this topic 
>from the tutorial of Tobias Oetiker (see Help 
>menu of the TexShop).

I reiterate my suggestion about buying books. :-) 
The LaTeX companion has a whole chapter dedicated 
to Index Generation.

>Unfortunately, I was not able to implement what 
>I learned on page 35. What follows is my short 
>input file; it was based on my understanding of 
>Oetiker. But the file did not compile. The error 
>message was that the sty file cannot be found. 
>Please tell me to accomplish this task. What is 
>missing in my input file?\

Two problems.  You spelled the package name wrong 
(which is what the error is trying to tell you). 
It should be \usepackage{makeindx} (no 'e' in 

Second, you'll never see your index if you don't 
also include a \printindex command at the end of 
your document.

Third (and this isn't obvious from your post, but 
it may not have been clear either), you need to 
do the following: (1) latex your document (2) run 
makeindex on your document (in TeXShop this is 
command-shift-I) and (3) run latex on your 
document again.

>Yes, it is silly to have an index for tiny 
>document. But it is only an attempt to implement 
>what I learned.

No, this is absolutely not silly.  It is the best 
way to learn how things work.  If only more 
people with problems would post such small 


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>Most Americans know that \index{Alaska} was 
>purchased from \index{Russia} in 1867 before the 
>discovery of its rich gold deposits. While the 
>Russian Church had a generally positive 
>influence on Native Alaskans, the beginning of 
>the Russian period was marked by the frequent 
>enslavement of the local population by 
>adventurous fur traders.''  Male Eskimos 
>(Aleuts), for example, were taken from their 
>families and deported to the \index{Pribilof 
>Islands}; they were forced to hunt sea otters 
>and seals for their kidnappers. Most of them 
>never returned to their starving wives and 
>children. The population of Aleuts was halved 
>between the middle and the end of the eighteenth 
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>Ludwik Kowalski, a retired physicist
>5 Horizon Road, apt.2702, Fort Lee, NJ, 07024, USA
>Also an amateur journalist at http://csam.montclair.edu/~kowalski/cf/
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