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Subject: Re: installing unicode support for latex

Re: installing unicode support for latex

From: Dominik Riebeling <>
Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2008 12:04:37 +0100

On Fri, Feb 22, 2008 at 10:48 PM, alex wallis
<> wrote:
> but I looked at the install instructions that it calls helpful and frankly I
> found them indigestible being a newbie. I mean just to give you an example.
> "To install this LaTeX UTF-8 support, simply put the files ucs.sty,
> utf8x.def, ucsencs.def and data/* somewhere in your TeX-path." plenty more
> where that came from lol.
> These instructions seem to be aimed at a linux user

Not really. They do use linux conventions (like using / as path
delimiter instead of \, which is used on windows), but cygwin uses
this conventions too. It also would be the like for a native windows
TeX distribution (like MikTeX).

> I have no idea where to even physically put the files, let alone how to edit
> this path where ever it is to include them.

you need to check where your LaTeX distribution has put its files. For
example, on my box (not cygwin) the unicode files reside in
/usr/share/texmf/tex/latex/unicode/. In that case, /usr/share/texmf is
a path LaTeX searches. To not mess up that path the packages are
separated in directories. You can simply put the files in there (or
use the same path as my box does, if your TeX uses /usr/share/texmf).
Afterwards you need to update TeX file database by running "texhash".

Remember that you need to do this from within cygwin, not from
windows' explorer.

Oh, and "somewhere in your TeX path" means that you also could simply
put the files (flat, without a tree) to the folder from where the
manual gets build -- the current directory also gets searched.

 - Dominik
Received on 2008-02-23

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