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C.3. Using CTAN

In the previous section we described the TeX Live and DANTE CTAN DVD (formerly CD-ROM) sets. Obtaining the latest version of these CD-ROMs is an optimal way for getting access to recent versions of LaTeX software.

Nevertheless, for readers with an Internet connection, it makes sense to query one of the CTAN nodes every now and then to see whether one of the LaTeX components you need has been updated. In particular, on the TeX Users Group home page there is an area which gives a list of the latest updates available on CTAN (see Figure C.2, bottom oval). If you find updates, you can download the latest version of the given package directly from a CTAN archive (see Section C.3.2 of how this can be done).

Although network connections get faster all the time, it is often wise to connect to a site that is not too distant geographically from your location (consult the web page http://www.tug.org/tex-archive/CTAN.sites for a list of mirror sites for the CTAN nodes).


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