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I've created a custom theme for beamer that I plan to use for multiple presentations. So while I currently have the .sty file (just one at this point, as I load an inner theme and color theme, then define the outer theme) in the same directory as the presentation I'm working on now, I want it available in the future without have to maintain multiple copies.

From this question I understand I can install packages in my home texmf folder (e.g. ~/texmf on Linux, which is where I do most of my work), however should I then structure my texmf folder like the beamer subdirectory in the main texmf folder (i.e. /usr/share/texmf/tex/later/beamer/themes/[color,font,inner,outer,theme] on my Ubuntu machine), or just put put down any/all .sty files in the single directory.

Note, while I mentioned I do most of my work on Linux, answers for OS X and Windows would be useful, as I do work on both of these platforms as well - and frequently sync files between machines via Git repositories.

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You should copy the first two folder levels of the main tree (in your example tex/latex). Everything below this point is optional. You can use additional subfolders and name them at your liking. Use your sense of order. I would certainly make at least a subfolder "beamer".

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Thanks - good to know the rest of the tree past tex/latex is not necessary. –  runexe Sep 8 '10 at 16:45

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