Is there an automated script which places files in the relevant directory tree in ~/texmf/ and is that all that is required to install a package (in addition to calling texhash on ~/texmf/)?
Only some packages on CTAN come also in so called TDS ZIP files which already hold the required directory structure so that you only need to unzip them over your
$TEXMF tree (e.g.
~/texmf). If the package author didn’t uploaded a TDS ZIP file it most likely isn’t on CTAN.
To my knowledge there is no direct script available which turns a CTAN package into the required TDS structure and installs it directly. (The TeXLive developers should have something like that to build the TeXLive package files.)
I was thinking writing such a script recently. So far I wrote a Makefile which does it for most LaTeX packages, but currently it is
ydoc specific, i.e. for my packages only.
However, you could download the whole CTAN directory for a package as a flat ZIP file, unpack it and then use the
ctanify script on the directory. It is intended to create an upload ZIP file for CTAN which also includes a TDS ZIP file.
You then can use this TDS ZIP file and unpack it over your TEXMF tree.
I just tested this using
colortbl as a random example. The steps are as follows and could be turned into a script easily. Simple add
#!/bin/sh as first line and replace
$1 and call it using
yourscriptname <name of package>. However, most but not all LaTeX package are located in
/macro/latex/contrib, so for the others you would need to provide the download link somehow.
cd /tmp wget http://mirror.ctan.org/macros/latex/contrib/colortbl.zip unzip colortbl.zip cd colortbl/ tex colortbl.ins ctanify *.ins *.dtx tar -xzf colortbl.tar.gz unzip -d ~/texmf colortbl.tds.zip test -e ~/texmf/ls-R && texhash ~/texmf
Note that you only need to run
texhash for the per-user TEXMF directory if the
ls-R file already exists. Modern TeXLive installation search it automatically every run if the
ls-R file doesn’t exists.
Short answer: no.
Slightly longer answer: If your package is on this list, kind of. The
tds.zip files already have the structure of the TeX Directory Structure built in, so when you unzip it in the root of your
texmf tree, all the files go in the right places. So if you download that zip file, then it should work.