# Are there some predefined directories for .tex file inclusion?

My question is simple, are there some predefined directories (in the texmf file system) where I can save my .tex files for further inclusions ?

If yes :

• which ones are they ?
• Can I defined mine manually editing a configuration file ?

If not :

• Is there some way to include a .tex file (placed anywhere on the disk) in a .tex file I write (anywhere on the disk too) ?

For instance :

I'm writing a document located at `/media/XXX/documents/latex/foo/bar.tex` And I need to include a file let's say located at `~/texmf/includes/style1.tex`

ps : and between include or input, which one seems more appropriate in my case ?

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Your local `~/texmf` should mimic the structure of your installed 'tex tree'. That means your personal LaTeX `.sty` files (and the like) should be located in `~/texmf/tex/latex/` (with further personal subdivisions if you like/need). `.bib` files could be put in `~/texmf/bibtex/bib/`. And so on. I made the following, e.g.: `mkdir -p ~/texmf/{bibtex,doc,fonts,tex,texdoc}` (some of these have sub-directories as well). –  jon Feb 21 '13 at 19:36
thanks for your answer but that doesn't really help to answer my question. where should I include my .tex include file ? –  발렌탕 Feb 21 '13 at 20:30
If it is a 'style' file as the name suggests, you 'should' give it a `.sty` extension (= style) and put it where I said the first time around. If it is a regular `.tex` file containing text that will be printed as part of the main file, I would keep it in the same directory as your 'masterfile'. And you should 'include' a `.sty` file in the preamble of your document; e.g., `\usepackage{style1}`. –  jon Feb 21 '13 at 21:33
`~/texmf/tex/latex/personal` is the preferred directory (the innermost one can have any name you like). –  egreg Feb 21 '13 at 23:47
For MiKTeX users this should help: Create a local texmf tree in MiKTeX. –  Speravir Feb 22 '13 at 17:17

``````~/texmf/tex/latex/personal
(in place of `personal` use any name you like), because this tree is always searched for input files and does not require any hashing (like in the main trees).
``````~/Library/texmf/tex/latex/personal