Sage is largely self-contained, but some parts do need some intervention to work properly. SageTeX is one such part.

The SageTeX package allows one to embed computations and plots from Sage into a LaTeX document. SageTeX is installed in Sage by default, but to use SageTeX with your LaTeX documents, you need to make your TeX installation aware of it before it will work.

The key to this is that TeX needs to be able to find `sagetex.sty`,
which can be found in
`SAGE_ROOT/local/share/texmf/tex/generic/sagetex/`, where
`SAGE_ROOT` is the directory where you built or installed Sage. If
TeX can find `sagetex.sty`, then SageTeX will work. There are several
ways to accomplish this.

The first and simplest way is simply to copy

`sagetex.sty`into the same directory as your LaTeX document. Since the current directory is always searched when typesetting a document, this will always work.There are a couple small problems with this, however: the first is that you will end up with many unnecessary copies of

`sagetex.sty`scattered around your computer. The second and more serious problem is that if you upgrade Sage and get a new version of SageTeX, the Python code and LaTeX code for SageTeX may no longer match, causing errors.The second way is to use the

`TEXINPUTS`environment variable. If you are using the bash shell, you can doexport TEXINPUTS="SAGE_ROOT/local/share/texmf//:"

where

`SAGE_ROOT`is the location of your Sage installation. Note that the double slash and colon at the end of that line are important. Thereafter, TeX and friends will find the SageTeX style file. If you want to make this change permanent, you can add the above line to your`.bashrc`file. If you are using a different shell, you may have to modify the above command to make the environment variable known; see your shell’s documentation for how to do that.One flaw with this method is that if you use applications like TeXShop, Kile, or Emacs/AucTeX, they will not necessarily pick up the environment variable, since when they run LaTeX, they may do so outside your usual shell environment.

If you ever move your Sage installation, or install a new version into a new directory, you’ll need to update the above command to reflect the new value of

`SAGE_ROOT`.The third (and best) way to make TeX aware of

`sagetex.sty`is to copy that file into a convenient place in your home directory. In most TeX distributions, the`texmf`directory in your home directory is automatically searched for packages. To find out exactly what this directory is, do the following on the command line:kpsewhich -var-value=TEXMFHOME

which will print out a directory, such as

`/home/drake/texmf`or`/Users/drake/Library/texmf`. Copy the`tex/`directory from`SAGE_ROOT/local/share/texmf/`into your home`texmf`directory with a command likecp -R SAGE_ROOT/local/share/texmf/tex TEXMFHOME

where

`SAGE_ROOT`is, as usual, replaced with the location of your Sage installation and`TEXMFHOME`is the result of the`kpsewhich`command above.If you upgrade Sage and discover that SageTeX no longer works, you can simply repeat these steps and the Sage and TeX parts of SageTeX will again be synchronized.

For installation on a multiuser system, you just modify the above instructions appropriately to copy

`sagetex.sty`into a systemwide TeX directory. Instead of the directory`TEXMFHOME`, probably the best choice is to use the result ofkpsewhich -var-value=TEXMFLOCAL

which will likely produce something like

`/usr/local/share/texmf`. Copy the`tex`directory as above into the`TEXMFLOCAL`directory. Now you need to update TeX’s database of packages, which you can do simply by runningtexhash TEXMFLOCAL

as root, replacing

`TEXMFLOCAL`appropriately. Now all users of your system will have access to the LaTeX package, and if they can also run Sage, they will be able to use SageTeX.

Warning

it’s very important that the file `sagetex.sty` that LaTeX uses when
typesetting your document match the version of SageTeX that Sage is
using. If you upgrade your Sage installation, you really should delete
all the old versions of `sagetex.sty` floating around.

Because of this problem, we recommend copying the SageTeX files into your home directory’s texmf directory (the third method above). Then there is only one thing you need to do (copy a directory) when you upgrade Sage to insure that SageTeX will work properly.

While not strictly part of installation, it bears mentioning here that
the documentation for SageTeX is maintained in
`SAGE_ROOT/local/share/texmf/tex/generic/sagetex/sagetexpackage.pdf`.
There is also an example file in the same directory – see
`example.tex` and `example.pdf`, the pre-built result of typesetting
that file with LaTeX and Sage. You can also get those files from
CTAN:
http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/sagetex/.

However, be advised that SageTeX is “officially” distributed as part of Sage, and the version available on CTAN may not be the most current version.

One potentially confusing issue is that the popular TeX distribution TeXLive 2009 includes SageTeX. This may seem nice, but with SageTeX, it’s important that the Sage bits and LaTeX bits be synchronized – which is a problem in this case, since both Sage and SageTeX are updated frequently, and TeXLive is not. In fact, at the time of this writing (January 2010), many Linux distributions are still shipping TeXLive 2007.

Because of this, it is *strongly recommended* that you always install
the LaTeX part of SageTeX from Sage, as described above. The
instructions above will insure that both halves of SageTeX are
compatible and will work properly. Using TeXLive to provide the LaTeX
side of SageTeX is not supported.