# How do I get consecutive section numbering for an entire document using subfiles?

When using the subfiles package, each subfile starts numbering sections with 1. How can I get consecutive numbering for the entire document?

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• I think you may want to use either input or include instead of subfiles: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/246/… – U.Martinez-Corral Mar 7 '15 at 23:13
• We are still waiting for a MWE ;-) – user31729 Mar 9 '15 at 22:32

Using the refcount and xstring package in the main file, you could automatically retrieve the correct chapter (or whatever counter you want) number from the main document.

\documentclass[main]{subfiles}

\IfEq{\jobname}{\detokenize{main}}{}{%
\setcounterref{chapter}{main-chap:bla}
}

\begin{document}

\chapter{bla}
\label{chap:bla}

...

\end{document}


This method is not fully advisable as it can break things.

You can specify what numbering you want to use within your subfile by using \setcounter{chapter}{*insert-number-here*}

For example, as you say, the default is for subfiles to always start with 1. If you want it to start the numbering at 2, then before \chapter{Your Chapter} write \setcounter{chapter}{1}.

For more info on this see this post - Chapter number starts at 2 not 1

• Generally, you shouldn't manually adjust the counters unless you need to. Otherwise, when you change things, your numbering will be all wrong. Since the original didn't include a MWE, we can't really figure out why the section numbering restarts at 1, which shouldn't happen by default. – Teepeemm Jun 17 '17 at 23:35
• Yes I agree, it is unclear from the question what the problem really was. However, I think it was this. Say I am using subfiles, when I separately compile an individual subfile (a single chapter say), the default chapter numbering is 1. Obviously, when I go back to main file and compile all the subfiles together, the chapter numbering is in the correct order. But if I am just working with an individual subfile the numbering always starts at 1. Therefore, sometimes it is useful to have a way to force the subfile numbering to change to what you want. – Milo Mar 5 '18 at 16:15
• There is likely to be a better solution to this problem somewhere, but so far I haven't found it! – Milo Mar 5 '18 at 16:16
• I'm not terribly experienced with using subfiles, but my impression is that it's designed for when you want to tweak a small section. If you're wanting section and other numbering to stay correct while you work, you might be better off using \include and \includeonly. But without the MWE, who knows. – Teepeemm Mar 5 '18 at 19:56