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Restoring floatflt.sty


LaTeX Error: File `floatflt.sty' not found

Solution (to be run as root):

mkdir -p /usr/share/texmf-texlive/tex/latex/floatflt
cd /usr/share/texmf-texlive/tex/latex/floatflt
rm -f floatflt.* float*.tex
latex floatflt.ins
texhash /usr/share/texmf-texlive

Explanation: floatflt has an unusual license which has been deemed unfree.  It was included in Ubuntu 9.10, but has been removed from Ubuntu 10.04Build instructions, however, are provided.

Can’t you just install the 9.10 package on your 10.4 system? At worst, I would expect it to be easy to “for-port” the package if it has incompatible dependencies.

Posted by Martin Atkins at

I install texlive, which includes texlive-latex-recommended which includes stuff I need, but doesn’t include  floatflt.  As near as I can tell, floatflt isn’t separately packaged on 9.10:

$ apt-cache search floatflt
texlive-latex-recommended - TeX Live: LaTeX recommended packages

I also want a solution that works going forward as new releases of Ubuntu come out.  As near as I can tell, the software is available without charge, I am complying with the license terms, and am installing it per the recommendations.

Posted by Sam Ruby at

Thanks for this!

Posted by Donn at

Thank you for this. It worked.

Posted by Hasan at

It’s not just Ubuntu. floatflt has been pulled from all the texlive distributions.

Posted by Jacques Distler at

Great thanks!

Posted by Skiller at

Thanks! It worked for me too.

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Posted by Aurelainus at

great! works fine with ubuntu maverik!

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Posted by Jeff Martens at

What can I say.. I simply LOVE you!!! Thanks a lot for sharing this!! :D

Posted by Alecive at

Great. It help so much!!! Thanks.

Posted by Altamir at

Great Tut!
just copy’n paste and works perfectly!

Posted by fraujansen at

On Ubuntu 10.10, I had to issue a ‘texconfig rehash’ as root in order for tex builds to find floatflt.sty.  Otherwise, it worked like a charm!

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