I use Windows at home and OSX at the University. My tex files are synchronized via Dropbox. However, the path rules are, evidently, different in these systems. As a result, I have to write something like this



and comment/uncomment a line above depending on the operating system.

Does exist some more 'elegant/clever' way?



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    Can't you just use relative paths? Or do you only synchronize the tex file but not the bib file with DropBox? – Juri Robl Feb 20 '15 at 10:37
  • I synchronize bib file as well. – Dmitri Feb 20 '15 at 23:20
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    Well is it in the same folder? Then you don't need any path at all, only the filename. Otherwise use a relative path, that way you can copy the folder where ever you want and it works. – Juri Robl Feb 20 '15 at 23:22
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    The elegant way is to set the TEXINPUTS accordingly. – jon Feb 21 '15 at 1:25

Something like this?

Use the ifplatform package and its \if.... macros to test and define some command.



  .%   (local directory) Change to appropiate values
  % ????



%% Somes stuff in here




(standardbiblio.bib is in fact the biblio.bib file from texmf-dist/bibtex/bib/msc)

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