So I have installed TeXlive 2013 following the steps here I was previously using my custom theme called beamerthemeEinstein.sty that I placed at /usr/share/texmf/tex/latex/beamer/base/themes/theme then I run sudo texhash and it worked amazingly.

Now with TeXlive 2013 my custom theme is not recognized, I get

! LaTeX Error: File `beamerthemeEinstein.sty' not found. 

Where should I place it now? Anyone knows where to place custom themes using the 2013 version? Many thanks!

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    Do you have the folder /usr/local/texlive/texmf-local/tex/latex/local/? I use it to put my personal macros.
    – Sigur
    Jun 25, 2013 at 1:24
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    how about ~/texmf/tex/latex?
    – cmhughes
    Jun 25, 2013 at 1:32
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    AFAIK, the local folder hasn't changed and should be a subfolder of /usr/local/texlive/texmf-local/, while the distribution is installed under /usr/local/texlive/<year>. Check that the correct TeX runtime is being used (which pdflatex) and that TeX can find your custom theme (kpsewhich beamerthemeEinstein.sty).
    – Xavier
    Jun 25, 2013 at 2:02
  • Thou shall not install your own files in /usr/share; see man hier and the TeXLive documentation. Jun 25, 2013 at 21:48

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The command

kpsexpand \$TEXMFLOCAL

will show you the path to the local system-wide tree which will not be modifed by updates of TL; it will usually be "next" to the texmf tree, as @sigur says.

kpsexpand \$TEXMFHOME

will show you the path to your user-specific tree, probably /home/(username)/texmf. (For more information, see TeXlive docs on user texmf trees, in particular the statement-by-omission that you don't need to refresh filename databases for new files in TEXMFHOME.

  • It is very strange... after exploring all my texlive 2013 folders, I found the themes at: /usr/local/texlive/2013/texmf-dist/tex/latex/beamer/themes/theme However, if I type 'locate beamerthemedefault.sty' I get the place it was before: /usr/local/texlive/2013/texmf-dist/tex/latex/beamer/themes/theme/beamerthemedefault.sty But there the theme is not present anymore... I moved my custom theme along with the other ones at /usr/local/texlive/2013/texmf-dist/tex/latex/beamer/themes/theme and type 'sudo texhash' but still I get ! LaTeX Error: File `beamerthemeEinstein.sty' not found.
    – DaniCee
    Jun 25, 2013 at 14:16
  • @Danicee: locate does not immediately update when you move files. Its database is usually updated as part of a cronjob, but this is leading us too far afield. Your custom themes should not live in the texmf-dist tree, they belong in -- guessing from the paths you give -- /usr/local/texlive/texmf-local/tex/latex/beamer (texhash needed, systemwide) or ~/texmf/tex/latex/beamer (no texhash needed, your user only). Jun 25, 2013 at 15:10

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