TeX - LaTeX Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for users of TeX, LaTeX, ConTeXt, and related typesetting systems. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I am using TL 2011 with Windows XP. I have placed some custom files here:


and then I updated the filename database from the TeXLive Manager. Everything is reported fine:

Loading local TeX Live Database
This may take some time, please wait!
Running mktexlsr, this may take some time ...
mktexlsr: Updating C:/texlive/2011/texmf-config/ls-R...
mktexlsr: Updated C:/texlive/2011/texmf-config/ls-R.
mktexlsr: Updating C:/texlive/2011/texmf-var/ls-R...
mktexlsr: Updated C:/texlive/2011/texmf-var/ls-R.
mktexlsr: Updating C:/texlive/2011/texmf/ls-R...
mktexlsr: Updated C:/texlive/2011/texmf/ls-R.
mktexlsr: Updating C:/texlive/2011/../texmf-local/ls-R...
mktexlsr: Updated C:/texlive/2011/../texmf-local/ls-R.
mktexlsr: Updating C:/texlive/2011/texmf-dist/ls-R...
mktexlsr: Updated C:/texlive/2011/texmf-dist/ls-R.
mktexlsr: Done.

But TeXLive 2011 still cannot find my custom files in the folder:


Note: I didn't have the problem with TexLive 2010.

Any suggestions?

share|improve this question
up vote 11 down vote accepted

It should be


Do not move the folder unless you modify the texmf.cnf.

share|improve this answer
Ok it works fine. Thanks and 1 vote up. – yCalleecharan Dec 27 '11 at 9:08

The path given by Leo Liu is the correct one to put your own packages or classes. And then don't forget to execute


To do that, press Win+R (Windows button and R button), type texhash, and press OK or just press Enter.

share|improve this answer
Thanks for this shortcut. I normally do this with the TeXLive Manager > update filename database. 1 vote up. – yCalleecharan Dec 27 '11 at 9:09

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.