If you have some experience with LaTeX classes and packages, you won't have any difficulties when installing CoppeTeX. It should be installed as any other LaTeX package you have ever used. So, you can save your time skipping this section.
The impatient user should go to the thesis template section. For the enthusiastic newbies, we give here succinct instructions for installing the CoppeTeX bundle.
There exist two possible ways of obtaining CoppeTeX. You can download a release or the sources. Each of these has its own installation method. We describe both in the following sections.
Suppose TEXMF is a variable which stores the path of your local LaTeX tree. Then you should copy the files coppe.cls, coppe.ist, coppe-plain.bst and coppe-unsrt.bst to $TEXMF/tex/latex/coppe, $TEXMF/makeindex/coppe and $TEXMF/bibtex/bst/coppe, respectively. The image files coppe-logo.eps and coppe-logo.pdf go into the same directory as coppe.cls. In the end, you have to type 'texhash' to update your LaTeX tree and to make CoppeTeX visible to your LaTeX compiler.
For installing from sources, type:
and you will get all the files you need. They are all stripped out from coppe.dtx. Now, you should follow the instructions in the 'From releases' section.
Manual & Examples
The CoppeTeX user's guide describes the user interface of the coppe class together with its implementation. The usage of the BibTeX and Makeindex styles are also given in this manual.
To illustrate all the CoppeTeX facilities, we also provide a description of a sample document which can be used as a starting point for the preparation of your manuscript.
It is not difficult to find thesis and dissertations with some hundreds of pages. The maintenance of quite a big document may be tedious if it is contained in only one file. The best way of organizing a large manuscript is to split it into files of smaller sizes. In this case, it is usual to have a main file issuing LaTeX commands to include chapters and appendices, each of which has its own file.
To avoid our users redoing the same work again and again and again, we have created a ready-to-use thesis template using the ideas cited above. Since all necessary files were packed together, it is not required to install the CoppeTeX bundle. Just decompress it, fill in the template with your data and then run LaTeX, BibTeX, Makeindex and whatever you need, as described in the CoppeTeX user's manual.
NOTE: All files provided here refer to the latest CoppeTeX release. For older versions, go to the downloads archive at Sourceforge.net.