How to add (la-)Tex macros / plugins / modules to your tex installation

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After you downloaded your necessary macros / plugins from CTAN, you can extract them to your local „tex repository“. This is located in you home folder (if it is not there, just create that structure):

/home/myUser/texmf/tex/latex/

Inside that directory you can create a directory with the name of the zip file. Here is an example for the macro „moderncv.zip“

/home/myUser/texmf/tex/latex/moderncv/

Extract the zip file in that directory. In my example this results in:

/home/myUser/texmf/tex/latex/
|-- moderncv
|   |-- moderncv
|   |   |-- CHANGELOG
|   |   |-- examples
|   |   |   |-- picture.eps
|   |   |   |-- picture.jpg
|   |   |   |-- publications.bib
|   |   |   |-- template_banking_black.pdf
|   |   |   |-- template_banking_red.pdf
|   |   |   |-- template_casual_orange.pdf
|   |   |   |-- template_classic_green.pdf
|   |   |   |-- template-es.pdf
|   |   |   |-- template-es.tex
|   |   |   |-- template_multibib.pdf
|   |   |   |-- template_oldstyle_grey.pdf
|   |   |   |-- template.pdf
|   |   |   |-- template.tex
|   |   |   |-- template-zh.pdf
|   |   |   `-- template-zh.tex
|   |   |-- KNOWN_BUGS
|   |   |-- moderncv.cls
|   |   |-- moderncvcolorblack.sty
|   |   |-- moderncvcolorblue.sty
|   |   |-- moderncvcolorgreen.sty
|   |   |-- moderncvcolorgrey.sty
|   |   |-- moderncvcolororange.sty
|   |   |-- moderncvcolorpurple.sty
|   |   |-- moderncvcolorred.sty
|   |   |-- moderncvcompatibility.sty
|   |   |-- moderncvstylebanking.sty
|   |   |-- moderncvstylecasual.sty
|   |   |-- moderncvstyleclassic.sty
|   |   |-- moderncvstyleempty.sty
|   |   |-- moderncvstyleoldstyle.sty
|   |   |-- README
|   |   `-- tweaklist.sty
|   `-- moderncv.zip

After you extracted the zip file, you have to register those files for tex (with root):

sudo texhash

After that your macros should be available for the tex compiler.