LaTeX is a popular markup language and document preparation system, often used in the sciences. The current implementation in Arch Linux is the TeXLive package.
The latex compiler is included in the texlive-core package. It can be installed with:
# pacman -S texlive-core
This package will be suitable for any non-specialized LaTeX needs. On its own, texlive-core should be suitable for most needs.
The package "TeX Live binaries" is also needed if one wants to compile a tex file.
# pacman -S texlive-bin
If you are looking for internationalization support, then the texlive-lang package provides various character sets and non-English features. It can be installed by:
# pacman -S texlive-lang
If extra funtionality is needed, various other packages add useful functionality to the core feature set. To get a complete LaTeX setup, the texlive-most package is available:
# pacman -S texlive-most
This package will install all of the available texlive packages available from the Arch Linux repositories.
For more information, see TeXLive.
While LaTeX can be written in a simple text editor, many people wish to edit LaTeX source in a specialized environment. Editors using various toolkits are below:
Please note that GTK/+ can encompass both Gnome and XFCE environments.
- Gedit - Supports LaTeX syntax highlighting, it is included in Gnome
- Winefish - A LaTeX editing suite. It supports highlighting and code completion, compile-from-editor, among other things
- Geany - An IDE that includes LaTeX syntax highlighting, building, and shows a list of environments/sections/labels in the sidebar.
- Kile - A user friendly TeX/LaTeX frontend for KDE
- LyX - An advanced open-source document processor