# Problems with glossaries package 'see' attribute

I'm using the glossaries package to define a glossary (who would have thought of that). Yesterday I came across the feature to be able to use see={other glossary entry, another one, etc.} which I like very much. But using this feature something funny happened. I have one central glossary file for all my documents. So I am dependent on glossaries to only include those entries from the file that I actually did use in the document. But what happens now is that all entries for which the see attribute is used, are included in the glossaries even though not referenced in the document.

To clarify: If I create an empty LaTeX document inserting the glossary file via \input{glossary.tex} those entries that have the see attribute will end up in a glossary in the document, though the document itself is completely empty.

Is this behavior meant to be? Did I miss something?

I hope someone can tell me what I'm doing wrong (if this is not meant to be).

• I guess you import your glossary entries after \makeglossaries. You have to do this before. Note furthermore that it is generally better to use \loadglsentries than \input to import glossary entries.
– mhp
Aug 26 '11 at 8:23
• Please excuse my late response, I was expecting an Email notification. Yes, that did the trick. Using \loadglsentries then immediately complained. Aug 30 '11 at 6:17
• @mhp You should make your comment into an answer because using \loadglsentries seems to be what the OP was looking for.
– N.N.
Aug 30 '11 at 8:25
• @Torsten: Please consider registering your account, then email notification can be configured. Aug 30 '11 at 12:22
• @mhp: Yes, please convert it to an answer. The wrong order of \makeglossaries and, in my case input lead to the trouble. loadglsentries does keep you from doing so because it needs to be called in the preamble. Aug 30 '11 at 12:59

I guess you import your glossary entries after \makeglossaries. You have to do this before. Note furthermore that it is generally better to use \loadglsentries than \input to import glossary entries. Thus:

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{glossaries}


• Using \loadglsentries instead of \input seems to do the trick for me. However, if I use \loadglsentries before \makeglossaries I get the message ! Package glossaries Error: see' key may only be used after \makeglossaries or \makenoidxglossaries.`. Jun 30 '15 at 15:49