Hypertext Help with LaTeX

Downloading the Complete Help Files

If you find Hypertext Help with LaTeX to be useful, you are welcome to obtain the complete set of files and install them on your own machine. Retrieval and installation instructions are given below. They may be installed for use either with a webserver, which will ease network traffic and probably give you faster access, or they may be installed as local files which may be "read" by your browser without the necessity of a network connection.

To facilitate off-network usage, the files generally have only local (within the same directory) hypertext links. All links to "external" URLs, including much LaTeX information available on the Web, have been restricted to two pages.

If you make these files available on a public webserver, please send a note to webmaster@giss.nasa.gov if you would like it to be included among the mirror sites.

The files are available via anonymous ftp as a gzipped tar-red archive (about 80 kb). Your web browser can download the archive, after which you can use any one of many shareware (un)compression programs to extract all the files within. We've found recent versions of StuffIt Expander useful in this regard. (Note: Some web browsers will automatically uncompress the archive after retrieval, but you might still need to extract the files from the archive.)

Alternatively, for those of you logged into a Unix (or Linux or Mac OS X) shell account, you can retrieve the archive by anonymous ftp to ftp.giss.nasa.gov. Login as user anonymous and give your e-mail address as the password, then switch to binary mode, and download the file. Following is an example download session:

    > ftp ftp.giss.nasa.gov
    Connected to ftp.giss.nasa.gov.
    Name (ftp.giss.nasa.gov:foo): anonymous
    331 Guest login ok, send your complete e-mail address as password.
    Password: your e-mail address
    330-This FTP server is run by NASA.
    330 Guest login ok, access restrictions apply.
    ftp> bin
    200 Type set to I.
    ftp> cd pub/sgreen/latex
    250 CWD command successful.
    ftp> get latex.tar.gz
    226 Transfer complete.
    83745 bytes received
    ftp> bye
    221-You have transferred 83745 bytes in 1 files.
    221 Goodbye.

After downloading the file on your local machine, issue the shell commands:

    gunzip latex.tar.gz
    tar -xf latex.tar

This will create a subdirectory named latex in your current directory. This new directory contains the complete set of HTML files and requires about 1 MByte of disk space.

You may rename or move the entire latex subdirectory as desired; all file references are local to the directory so links should continue to work. The "Introduction" file is index.html and the Table of Contents page is ltx-2.html.

Back to the Introduction
On to the Table of Contents

Page revised: 2000-10-10, rbs