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Installing Dependencies

Debian/Ubuntu Installation Instructions

First, you'll want to install the following packages:

  • rubber
  • latexmk
  • texlive-latex-recommended
  • texlive-latex-extra
  • texlive-fonts-extra
  • texlive-fonts-recommended
  • texlive-bibtex-extra
  • moreutils
  • gawk

Also, to install Garamond grab and install the font from here through the following complicated process:

  • Download the file
  • Create ~/texmf if it does not exist yet
  • Unzip the file from the file into that ~/texmf/
  • Copy the other font files in the root directory of into ~/texmf/fonts/type1/
  • Run "texhash ~/texmf

Alternatively, if you want to install them system wide and have root credentials, you can also place them in /usr/local/share/texmf instead.

Using MacTeX on OSX

To install with MacTeX, you need to install the font:

texlua install-getnonfreefonts
sudo getnonfreefonts-sys garamond

Installing Template

You can find the latest version of Mako's templates here:

To clone the public repository, you can do:

git clone git://

If you can clone them into the directory ~/tex/ (e.g., by doing mkdir ~/tex; cd ~/tex before running the clone command above) it will make things a bit easier.

If you want, you can copy the files new_tex_document new_tex_letter into your path (e.g., ~/bin) this will allow you to run new_tex_document documentname to create new documents from the template more easily. It's totally optional.

Using the Templates

The templates themselves are

Sending Patches

If you want to send patches, these currently should be sent over email to mako. Details on how to do this with the git format-patch command are online here: