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Some time ago, I used the Save as LaTeX script which was provided by the user who answered this question Save the answer in TEX?. It worked really well.

Unfortunately the user seems to have deleted all accounts here at Stackexchange and also the associated Dropbox and GitHub ones where the script was uploaded which leaves me with no satisfying alternative. I know of StackPrinter from this answer Save the answer in PDF?, but I really would like to get the LaTeX source as well (I also liked the way Save as LaTeX after printing)

Does anyone know something similar which would do the trick or has anyone a cached copy of the suberb script mentioned above - as long this wouldn't harm any copyrights?

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The comment by @Martin Sleziak basically answered my question. I recovered the script through the Wayback Machine using the most up-to-date archived version. I then made some minor changes to the script to make it work without hosting it at a webserver and voilà, it works so far.

If the actual author of the script sees any problem in this and doesn't want me or anyone else to use this, please let me know (I know the username of the original author before the account was deleted).

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  • $\begingroup$ Is the new script available for the general public? $\endgroup$ – Sergio Parreiras Oct 23 '16 at 16:49
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    $\begingroup$ Why not create an account on stackapps.com and add this script (together with a nice description allowing for it to be found easily by search engines), for the benefit of us all? $\endgroup$ – Alex M. Oct 23 '16 at 17:17
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    $\begingroup$ @SergioParreiras oh dear...copyright questions...disclaimer: I am by no means an expert when it comes to copyrights laws, but: the script was hosted as a public GitHub project which is licensed as open source. Although there are different open source licences available, all should allow a private usage, the distribution or hosting for the general public however is a different scenario and may not be permitted. off-topic: this happens when GitHub accounts with open projects get deleted, very confusing and we are left with an unclear licensing state $\endgroup$ – user190080 Oct 23 '16 at 18:56
  • $\begingroup$ @AlexM. I don't think that this would work. While I may use the script for private usage I am most certainly not allowed to host it at stackapps.com since this would essentially mean that I would issue a new licence, i guess under the Creative Commons licence, for something I didn't own the copyrights in the first place. $\endgroup$ – user190080 Oct 23 '16 at 19:03
  • $\begingroup$ @user190080: The author of that script, who has used several usernames on MSE (the most well known being "NormalHuman"), is still active on Twitter as NormalHumanSE and he also keeps the blog "Calculus VII". Maybe try contacting him on any of these? $\endgroup$ – Alex M. Oct 23 '16 at 21:06
  • $\begingroup$ @AlexM. I really would like to see the above script at stackapps.com - I am sure a lot of people would find this very neat - on the other hand I think that NormalHuman probably had specific reasons which lead to the deletion of the associated accounts (SE, GitHub, etc.), so it is likely that NormalHuman doesn't want to get contacted with matters concerning e.g. SE. Also the user didn't upload the script while still active here...If I knew the user personally, this would be different ofc. Again, this is unfortunate but everyone who wants to use the script can do so. $\endgroup$ – user190080 Oct 24 '16 at 20:46

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