# Paths and Linux/Windows slash conventions

I'm working on a collaborative project and I like to organize all the supporting files for my tex documents (rather than just having everything in one flat folder). This involves referencing figures/files/etc. by a (relative) path. The difference in slash convention between linux/windows means that collaboration between users on different systems becomes annoying.

Is there any easy way of dealing with path references between systems?

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The Latex "path" command always uses the forward slash `/` convention, at least for Windows and Linux. You can therefor use relative paths if you have the same "relative" directory structure (from your main document and deeper)

``````\include{chapters/chap-intro}
\includegraphics{figs/Tikz/myfig}
``````

Remember that all the paths are relative to you main document (even for figures inside included files in a different directory)

Another option is the `import` package. It gives you the option to input files relative to an `\include` or `\input`. e.g.

``````\includefrom{chapters/chap-intro/}{report}
``````

Included graphics (or `\input`) inside `report.tex` is now relative to the include file position

``````\includegraphics{fig.png}%-> now from chapters/chap-intro/fig.png
\input{expl}%--------------> input chapters/chap-intro/expl.tex
``````

One thing to keep in mind is that path names are case sensitive in Linux but not in windows and the line endings (CR/LF, etc) is also different for the two. It is therefor advisable to use one of the many software management/version control packges such as CVS, SVN or Git to syncronize the files between the systems.

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