CTAN package update: ctan.tools

CTAN Announcements ctan-ann at dante.de
Thu May 15 15:32:38 CEST 2008

This package has been been updated and should soon be at your favorite mirror.

Thank you,
Jim Hefferon
Saint Michael's College


The following information was provided by our fellow contributor:

Name of contribution: ctan.tools
Author's name: huynh ky anh (aka kyanh)
Location on CTAN: /support/ctantools
Summary description: client to access CTAN (download/search files/packages)
License type: lppl

Announcement text: 

	This small tool is used to seach/download some LaTeX packages that were listed in CTAN:
	or search/download for any files in

	Since version 1.0.1, the tools will use the cache file
	This file contains the list of all files in CTAN. It's updated daily by a cron job hosted
	by http://kyanh.net/. The size of file is about 3MB (compressed) & 15MB (un-compressed).

	The tool requires wget, lynx, gawk, wc, tar/bzip and sed program to run correctly.
	Some linux distribution doesnot contains lynx by default and you must install lynx manually
	before running this script.

	So this tool requires a *nix-liked environment to work.

	This tool was written by kyanh <xkyanh at gmail.com>
	kyanh is a member of Vietnamese TeX Users Group <http://viettug.org>.
	He wrote this script as he wanted a fast client to access CTAN.


	1.0.0 2008/05/11: first version
	1.1.0 2008/05/15: search for files (use cache file)
	1.1.1 2008/05/15: fix bug (ctan_update)


	ctan :	show all information about this tool
	ctan update :	update the package list (require lynx, wc, tar/bzip and internet connection).
	ctan grep <string>:	search packages match <string>. grep ability is supported.
	ctan get <string> :	download packages match <string> to working directory.

	If you want to search for files:

	ctan grep -file <string> :	search for files.
	ctan get -file <string> :	download files match <string> to working directory.


	ctan grep theorem	# search for packages match "theorem"
	ctan grep ^n	# search for packages srated by "n"
	ctan get ^n	# download packages started by "n"
	ctan get -file contrib/ntheorem.zip


	* package information supported
	* ability to select FTP mirror
	* search by package description,...
	* package build script


	This tool is published under LPPL.

	Feel free to contact kyanh <xkyanh at gmail.com>. All feedback are welcome.


This package is located at 
.  More information is at
(if the package is new it may take a day for that information to 
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