I write a package named umtools.sty, since Ubuntu One can only sync the folder which is in ~/, so I put *.sty in ~/tlpkg/.

Now, how can I use it like \usepackage{umtools} instead of \usepackage{~/tlpkg/umtools}, as the way it is set up, \usepackage{<absolute path>} causes a warning: "You have requested package `~/tlpkg/umtools', but the package provides umtool", which makes me uncomfortable.

I've tried to modify ~/.pam_environment to add new PATH, but it doesn't work. Does someone know kpathsea.

Ubuntu 13.04 + Tex Live 2012 by sh install_tl + TeXstudio + XeTeX

  • mkdir -p ~/texmf/tex/latex && mv ~/tlpkg/umtools.sty ~/texmf/tex/latex/. ~/texmf is the proper local/personal directory; but make it mimic a proper 'tex tree' directory structure.
    – jon
    Jun 7, 2013 at 18:36
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You have two options:

  1. Put them in a standard directory where TeX will look:


    You may need to run texhash afterwards.

  2. Set the env. variable TEXINPUTS. (just like you'd set $PATH). I prefer to set it to something like this:


    which gives me the flexibility of what package to use for a project:

    1. First check in the current working directory (for small projects)
    2. Then check in the sub directory packages
    3. Then check in ~/texmf
    4. And finally use the distribution default package.
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    TeX Live 2012 doesn't require texhash on your 'local' tree unless it's on a remote file system.
    – Joseph Wright
    Jun 8, 2013 at 5:12
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    I needed to append a trailing colon (:) to TEXINPUTS, otherwise the default locations were not searched. Oct 19, 2015 at 9:00

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