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When compiling large documents (with chapters) it is often useful to put different parts in separate files. I do this with the standalone-documentclass for all my tikzpictures. That way I can compile each separate part that I'm currently working on. I'd like to do the same with chapters in books. However, the standalone-documentclass doesn't have chapters. Thus, Ive defined my own chapter-command. And, as an example, changed the counter of the section-command to be printed with the chapter number. We could do the same with figures, tables, etc. My question is: Should there be more in my definition of the chapter-command to satisfy packages which depend on the chapter-command? Does the chapter have more "offsprings" like the chapter-counter?

MWE:

\documentclass[crop=false,a4paper]{standalone}
\usepackage{lipsum}

\makeatletter
\newcounter {chapter}
\renewcommand \thechapter {\@arabic\c@chapter}
\renewcommand{\thesection}{\arabic{chapter}.\arabic{section}}
\newcommand\chaptername{Chapter}
\newcommand\chapter[1]{
\refstepcounter{chapter}
\vspace*{2em}\noindent\Huge\chaptername\hspace*{0.25em} \thechapter\\
\vspace*{.25em}\\
\noindent{#1}\\
\normalsize
}
\makeatother

\begin{document}
\chapter{A test chapter}
\section{First section}
\subsection{First sub}
\subsection{Second sub}
\lipsum[1]
\end{document}

Update:

Qrrbrbirlbel's suggested a simple and good approach using class=book as a class option:

\documentclass[class=book,crop=false,a4paper]{standalone}
\usepackage{lipsum}

\begin{document}
\chapter{A test chapter}
\section{First section}
\subsection{First sub}
\subsection{Second sub}
\lipsum[1]
\end{document}
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Using standalone for chapters in your book is at least inconvenient. I would recommend you to divide the document into several files, and \include them, with the possible help of the \includeonly command. –  tohecz Dec 20 '12 at 21:24
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class=book as a class option? Though, I recommend @tohecz’s tip for real books. –  Qrrbrbirlbel Dec 20 '12 at 21:28
    
Outstanding Qrrbrbirlbel, that absolutely did the trick! –  DrJay Dec 20 '12 at 21:30
    
@tohecz: To say that a solution is inconvenient is by all accounts a convenient way to face a problem. As mentioned this problem occurs in large documents, where it can be unsatisfactory to use the include option instead of input. One problem is the nesting of include-statements which is in no way straight forward (if even possible?). Another problem might be that a certain set of chapters in a book requires quite a high number of packages while others require only a few - and it does take time to load all these packages even if they aren't used. –  DrJay Dec 20 '12 at 21:35
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see this post: How to create individual chapter PDFs –  cmhughes Dec 20 '12 at 23:11

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The answer to your question is to include the <class> class of your main file/project as an value to the class key of the standalone class:

\documentclass[
    crop=false,
    a4paper,
    class=<class>,
]{standalone}

Though, I do believe that the answer to your problem is another one that can be found in

On the statement of nesting \includeonly: Well, no, that’s not possible (and that’s how it is supposed to work), but you can use as many \inputs inside a file that is included as you wish.

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