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I'm trying to use org-checklist. The documentation says that I should 'Ensure the org contrib directory is in load-path'. Where is the contrib directory?

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Checking out the git version of Org, it's in ./contrib. To install contrib, you could use Org ELPA. As pointed out by Erik, you should get the org-plus-contrib package from Org ELPA.

You could also use a git-checkout, see Keeping Current and more on installing Org.

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    Note that with Org ELPA you have to install the org-plus-contrib package. The org packages this and ELPA provide don't include the contrib packages. – erikstokes Jan 6 '15 at 1:09
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The location of the contrib directory depends on where you have org-mode installed. A simple way to tell is to M-x find-library RET org-contribdir. The commentary from the latter:

The sole purpose of this file is to be located in the same place as where the contributed Org files are located, typically in the contrib/lisp directory of the Org-mode distribution. This is to make sure that the command `org-reload' can reliably locate contributed org files.

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