Sometimes I encounter packages claiming to be on ELPA, yet neither package-install nor [1] or [2] list them.

How do I know if the problem is on my or the contributor's side?

Simply manually installing a package wouldn't satisfy my curiosity.

Example: https://github.com/theanalyst/ix.el

[1] https://elpa.gnu.org/packages/

[2] https://melpa.org/#/ix.el

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    you could try melpa.org/#/ix
    – zzkt
    Aug 2, 2021 at 8:41
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    What happens if you do M-x package-refresh-contents? Can you then find the package(s) you are looking for? FWIW, I can install ix with no problems.
    – NickD
    Aug 2, 2021 at 16:13
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    Sanity check: Do you already have that package installed? If so, package-install won't offer it as an option.
    – phils
    Aug 2, 2021 at 23:51
  • More things you should check: #1: what version of Emacs are you using (version 26.1 and 26.2 have a bug related to package download and you need special code) #2: does your package-archive list include the URL for MELPA and/or MELPA Stable ? (the ix is available on both) #3 M-x list-packages will list available and installed packages (at the bottom of the long list). It also displays the archive in a separate column. If you only see gnu and don't see melpa then you need to add MELPA URL to the package-archive list
    – PRouleau
    Aug 5, 2021 at 18:20

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You could try the MELPA search interface or M-x list-packages to search from within Emacs.

If you are searching the package collection in Emacs, ensure you have updated with M-x package-refresh-contents and have the relevant package sources listed.

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