Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Compiling ACM Sig Processing latex templates in Ubuntu Karmic

I am sort of a newbie in Latex (Do you know that the pronunciation is "Latek"? Here in Germany, I have heard people saying "Lates"!) . I was in that "I will start doing it, tomorrow" status for so long I can't even remember. I usually do not start something fruitful until or unless I am pressured upon. Fortunately, this semester I am doing a seminar course where I have to go through litterateurs on a topic and write a paper reviewing those. And the paper has to be written in Latex. Thank God!
Anyway, I went through the available latex editors and eventually settled down to Texmaker, mostly because it runs on Windows too. I am running a pretty neat version of Windows 7 and I do want to beautify my paper while i am there.
For this seminar, we had to follow the ACM templates and as a starter those class and bib files can look a bit formidable. Anyway, I downloaded all the goodies and tried to build them through Texmaker, which failed, expectantly! The error messages were logged and most of them were about missing fonts. So I did a little Googling and came to know that you have to install some special fonts so that Latex can render your document correctly.
So, I run this command:

sudo apt-get install texlive-math-extra

And voila, everything was perfect!
Happy Texing!