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Where do I place my own .sty files, to make them available to all my .tex files?

I know how to define a package - but how do I make it available (to myself) at all times? Say I have the package file commonstuff.sty, that I want to be able to include in any .tex file I create on ...
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What does 'texmf' stand for?

Just a (simple) short question: Why is the LaTeX root directory called texmf? Is there a meaning of the mf ending?
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Create a local texmf tree in MiKTeX

In TeX Live there are TEXMFLOCAL for admin and TEXMFHOME for user pre-defined, but in MiKTeX there’s by default no local texmf tree installed, though it is useful, cf. Purpose of local texmf trees. ...
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latex gives me the error: Ouch---my internal constants have been clobbered

As the title states, compiling with latex produces the error, right away: Ouch---my internal constants have been clobbered!---case 14 I have no idea what this means... I use TexLive 2012. I updated ...
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What are TeXLive's four different texmf folders?

Could someone please explain to me what the purpose of the four different texmf folders are in Mac? E.g. there is: /usr/local/texlive/2011/texmf /usr/local/texlive/2011/texmf-config ...
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How to make LaTeX see local texmf tree

I recently installed TeXLive 2011 on my Mac running Snow Leopard. I did not download MacTeX (for reasons we won't go into here). I'm running into a problem where pdflatex can't see my local texmf ...
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Where is “texmf” on a Windows install?

On UNIX you have the texmf folder in your home directory where you store packages you've installed yourself, but where is that folder on a Windows install? Yeah, I know that if you use MiKTeX then ...
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.sty suffix (extension) for LaTeX packages

I understand that the suffix .cls stands for classes. Then, why packages don't have the suffix .pkg, but rather have .sty?
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Purpose of local texmf trees

In Tex Live there are several local texmf trees (TEXMFLOCAL for admin and TEXMFHOME for user, compare comments and answers to What are TeXLive's four different texmf folders?), in MiKTeX I manually ...
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Memory settings with MacTeX - Which texmf.cnf to modify

I have some problems to understand how to manage memory for LaTeX. I use the MacTeX 2011 distribution with no modifications (cad only with TeXLive 2011). I have searched a lot on internet and on this ...
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How to add an extra searchable dir with personal style files to TeXLive, NOT under ~/Library/texmf?

Migrated from Win-MiKTeX (WMTX) to MacOSX-Aquamacs with TeXLive (MXATL), I have my personal .sty/.cls files somewhere under my homedir. So I go with ShreevatsaR's comments from Aug. 5 on this site ...
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Disable TEXMFHOME for testing?

I'd like to be able to temporarily ignore my "home" texmf tree (in MacTeX /Users/will/Library/texmf) for testing purposes; e.g., to test some code and ensure only TeX Live-installed packages are ...
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Local texmf tree vs. `TEXINPUTS`

Integrating Local Additions provides a nice explanation of how to manipulate TEXINPUTS or register a local texmf tree. Q: When integrating local additions, is there a reason to prefer one approach ...
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Where to place custom beamer themes

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 ...
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Running several latex processes in parallel

I am working on an experiment running LaTeX on server to compile some documents on the fly. Assuming I want to have several workers waiting for documents to be compiled, are there any access issues in ...
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Where to put a custom macros file?

I have a bunch of common commands I put in document preambles. I don't always use them all, but it makes the preamble too long for my tastes. I want to put them all in an external file (preferably in ...
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How can I keep a clean document folder with custom .cls, .sty, .bst files in a separate subfolder?

I am using a Makefile for generating a document from its tex source. The whole project consisting of own input files (.tex,.bib,.eps, ...) and non-pre-installed static input files (cls, sty, bst) is ...
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How to install system wide packages without requiring an ls-R database (with texlive)?

Question How can I install packages for system-wide use, but without requiring the ls-R database to be updated? Background The texlive documentation indicates that user specific packages should be ...
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Managing TDS Trees for Multiple Manuals In GIT Source Controlled Environment

We use LaTeX for our all of our documentation, which includes multiple product lines with multiple manuals. These manuals are built right along with our installers using our automated build server. ...
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Grepping through an entire texmf tree

I always forget the syntax of command-line tools for searching through multiple files. What's the easiest/fastest way to search through, say, all of the .sty files distributed in TeX Live for the ...
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LaTeX cannot find my personal packages

I'm venturing into writing my own packages, but LaTeX is not finding them. I working on a iMac OS X, but I don't want to use TEXMFHOME=~/Library/texmf. I would like to put my packages in a different ...
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Per-project texmf directory

Is it possible to specify a texmf directory from within a tex file? I think a project-specific way to set the TEXMFHOME environment variable, instead of within the ~/.bashrc file would work. ...
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customizing TEXMFHOME

I'm on Ubuntu 12.04 (not sure if it makes a difference) and I'm trying to change $TEXMFHOME to a custom directory. Currently it is $HOME/texmf, which I believe is the default, but even when I put ...
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Is it safe to place part of texmf-local under git?

Are there any problems with placing parts (or all) of texmf-local under Git source control? Git places a hidden directory in the folders it manages. Are there issues caused by doing this; would doing ...
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Local font installation problems

Recently I tried to reinstall the MathTimePro II fonts in my local texmf directory. I already have Lucida fonts installed which works fine. So I carefully copied all the relevant files/folders to the ...
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Increase TeX capacity, as non-root

I have a LaTeX document that uses many long pgf paths, and thus compiles only if one increases the TeX "capacity" by setting save_size=50000 in texmf.cnf. Unfortunately I cannot change the ...
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Change TEXMFHOME per-user

I would like to know if it's possible to change the default TEXMFHOME location. Partly because I dislike the idea of programs cluttering my home directory with non-hidden files or directories (such ...
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override system search path

I've installed texlive-2012 on my local user account (under linux), the system has the older version (texlive-2007) in which some packages are missing and I don't have root permission to install those ...
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Can MikTeX texmf trees contain the equivalent of a “symbolic link”?

I have a few personall class and style files that I keep in a Git repository as they change often. On UNIX-based systems, I simply insert a symbolic link in my texmf tree that points to these files: ...
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directories usr/texmf

Sorry about the newbie question!! As a background: I am running Texshop and sometimes Texmaker on OSX 10.9.2 I have used a package called leipzig over the last 2 years. As instructed I have saved it ...
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How does latex source multiple configuration files..?

I have got a very peculiar question I'd like to ask about my latex processor: In my school we are using the pdfTeXk backend. At some point there was a need to make a few configuration changes within ...
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Memory settings with MacTeX 2012 [closed]

Until now I had TeXLive 2011 installed and could successfully modify my memory settings using this solution with the TextWrangler approach to the question Memory settings with MacTeX - Which texmf.cnf ...
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How to delete a locally installed version of pgf?

I have a locally installed pgf in my local texmf tree. Now my tex distribution finally caught up and the version of pfg in the package manager is newer than my locally installed version. How can I ...
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Search for files first in the texmf trees

If I want to check first if a file is in the current dir and then look for it in the texmf tree I can do it like this: \documentclass{article} \begin{document} \IfFileExists{./biblatex.def} {yes, ...
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How do I write documents using llncs.cls without having to put it in the same folder as the document? [duplicate]

I'm using Linux Mint, with the TeX Live distro and Texmaker as my editor. Basically, I would like to be able to use llncs.cls as a document class without having to always put that file in with the ...
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Explaining differences between the folder texmf and texmf-texlive in Ubuntu

I have only downloaded a bibtex utility to export the bib entries that cited in the TeX documents. It contains .dtx and .ins, but the instructions is not really clear enough to install it into my ...
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Editing texmf.cnf to avoid “TeX capacity exceeded” error

I'm getting the "TeX capacity exceeded" which seems to be a common issue, and I've been trying to edit my texmf.cnf file to fix it but it's locked on my computer which is a mac running OS X Maverick. ...
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TexLive 2012 Ubuntu 13.04 - Correct way to set TEXMFHOME

I have found numerous guides on how to do this (heres a couple): $TEXMFHOME setting customizing TEXMFHOME but I have a different directory structure and none of the places present in the answers ...
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Generate list of all installed (La)TeX files

I'm trying to write a script (Perl) for the general public which would need to have a list of all installed TeX files of a certain type, e.g. .sty and/or .cls files or only plainTeX files (.tex), ...
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Embed Tex Live into application

I try to make an embedded version of TeX Live. My goal is to be able to use it to compile TeX documents in a web application. I can't use system LaTeX distribution due to too old packages. To ...
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Why is TeX ignoring texmf.cnf?

I got the following error: TeX capacity exceeded, sorry [main memory size=3000000] while compiling a TikZ path containing ~10,000 points. So i decided to increase this memory limit of TeX. I edited ...
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Setting TEXMFHOME variable when using Miktex portable

Apparently Miktex sometimes doesn't properly set the TEXMFHOME variable, or rather leaves it empty, even though you manually add folders to the "root" list and refresh the file name database. So how ...
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Make LaTeX recognize local files in Dropbox under Linux

I have some local LaTeX files in Dropbox and have not been able to make LaTeX recognize them. It does find my local texmf folder, but that doesn't help me. I am working under Fedora 17 and uname -r ...
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Texmf tree with MikTeX + Vista32?

This post is a follow-up to my post Using subfiles package with .sty files. Answering that post, a couple people suggested I build a local texmf tree. I've hunted around and it seems that this is ...
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Create a local texmf tree in Ubuntu

I am running Ubuntu 12.04 which came with TeX Live 2009 pre-installed. I want to create a local texmf tree at the location ~/Dropbox/mylocaltexmf/, so that I can place my own .sty files in my Dropbox ...
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How to install MathTime Pro 2 fonts on MikTeX

I have been trying for a long time now to install the MathTime Professional II (mtpro2) fonts on my system. (I am running MikTeX 2.9 under Windows 7, but what likely matters is "recent MikTeX, under ...
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Where does MacTeX store fonts in texmf?

Where does MacTeX store fonts in texmf? Specifically, I want to know where it stores XITS and whether or not I have to add it to the fonts list to use XITS with XeTeX.
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Common glossary between multiple documents

I am wondering if it is possible, and, what are the best practices for keeping a common glossary file in a similar manner to using a common bibliographic database. For instance, could I put it ...
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What is the difference between TEXMFHOME and TEXINPUTS? [duplicate]

A question was asked: Where do I place my own .sty files, to make them available to all my .tex files? The accepted answer basically says the following: Create a local texmf tree, say at the folder ...
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Create a local texmf tree in MacTeX

I know that TeX Users Group recommends putting your local texmf tree at ~/Library/texmf (see link). However, I want MacTeX to see my local texmf tree in a folder in my Dropbox. This allows me to refer ...