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I am using latex on a Linux system without root-access but I am missing several style files for compilation.

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

I know that I could copy the missing files directly in the folder with the .tex file but that helps only with the current document.

Is there a way to install the latex packages in my home so I have them available for all documents and avoid using the distribution package manager?

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Yes, it's possible. You should set TEXINPUTS variable: it stores the directories where your files place:

TEXINPUTS=.:/your/desired/path

(Note the first . - this will the current working directory)

Copy your files to /your/desired/path and run mktexlsr /your/desired/path.

See man tex for more.

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