How does one set the value of a counter to the value obtained from a \ref{} command?

I am using the xr package to access labels from another document; I want to add the value of a \ref{} to a counter in my current document.

I tried \setcounter{newcount}{\value{\ref{oldlabel}}} but that doesn't work.


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This is a job for the \setcounterref command from the refcount package:




The value of \texttt{newcount} is \thenewcount


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  • That's perfect. I had forgotten about that package. Thanks.
    – GregH
    Commented Jun 20, 2013 at 14:11

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