I am a newbie here, currently I am learning some advanced features of org mode.

I am using Emacs24.4 which has a build in org mode(version 8.2.10, dir "emacs.d/elpa/org-20150608").

I want to use org-plus-contrib so I installed it from orgmode.org/elpa, but after installing, I found it also contains most files in org mode folder. I am very confused of how to use this "contrib" folder? Does it means I have two org installed?

What if I just copy the contrib folder from org git repo, where should I put it? and what the configure like?

thanks all.

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The common files you observe are identical so you can simply use org-plus-contrib if you wish to use contributed packages. The org package is then unnecessary. You can put the files anywhere you wish, but it's easiest just to retain the directory structure and make sure that the contrib/ folder is in your load-path.

That being said, I highly recommend using Emacs package management so you don't need to bother with manually manipulating package files. Once set up, M-x list-packages then provides a very simple interface to find, install, update, and remove packages. See this question for details about configuring package management for org-mode. You may also want to use other repositories such as MELPA (instructions here).

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    You'll need to add orgmode.org/elpa to your package-archives to get the org-plus-contrib package.
    – erikstokes
    Commented Dec 21, 2015 at 17:14

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