# How do I repeat an included .tex file multiple times?

I would like to repeat a file in a LaTeX document multiple times:

``````\include{probenahme/sample}
\include{probenahme/sample}
\include{probenahme/sample}
\include{probenahme/sample}
\include{probenahme/sample}
``````

However, if I compile the main document with `latexmk -pdf main-document.tex`, It will throw the following error:

`````` level-1 auxiliary file: probenahme/sample.aux
Already encountered file probenahme/sample.aux
---line 26 of file probenahme.aux
: \@input{probenahme/sample.aux
:                              }
I'm skipping whatever remains of this command
Already encountered file probenahme/sample.aux
---line 27 of file probenahme.aux
: \@input{probenahme/sample.aux

...
``````
• It works fine with a single `\include{probenahme/sample}`
• It works if I run `pdflatex main-document.tex` instead of `latexmk -pdf main-document.tex`
• I don't want to use the `latexmk -f` option because it runs in a continuous integration environment and I want that to catch other errors.

What is the problem and how do I solve it while still using `latexmk`?

• if you don't need anything in any of the `.aux` files, you could try adding `\nofiles` to the preamble. – barbara beeton Jul 5 '16 at 20:45
• Is this really useful to include the same file over and over again? Each time the `.aux` file is written then – user31729 Jul 5 '16 at 20:46

You can not need `\include` functionality here as there is no way to use `\includeonly` to specify just one of the inclusions as they have the same name. So use `\input` not `\include` then you can input the file as often as you like.