# How do I query pdflatex for its package search path as well as modify it?

I am trying to install a local package draftwatermark to override an out-of-date version of the package, by applying the answer in How to have local package override default package .

I have placed the files draftwatermark.ins and draftwatermark.dtx from http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/draftwatermark into the directory

``````~/texmf/tex/latex/draftwatermark
``````

Unfortunately, based on version number, pdflatex is still using the global version. Therefore, I am wondering how I can interrogate pdflatex for its package search path, and modify it without root privileges.

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You may have discovered that there's a small bug in the version of `draftwatermark` on CTAN; while the package has version 1.1, it still advertises itself as version 1.0; try `kpsewhich draftwatermark.sty` from the command line to see what path is used for loading it. However, you should first unpack `draftwatermark.sty` by running pdflatex on `draftwatermark.ins` – egreg Jan 31 '13 at 0:18
Also, the link above does not have draftwatermark.sty. Where can I get an authoritative version of this file? – merlin2011 Jan 31 '13 at 0:19