I searched the doc, but didn't find this... What is the path in which context searches the environment files ? I'd like to add a personal folder to this path (in my .bashrc), in order to not explicit the absolute path in the source file...

  • I am just guessing but is it not the same as for LaTeX and TeX? – wilx Sep 22 '16 at 8:44
  • By default ConTeXt searches TEXMF and all directories above the current directory, i.e. if you have nested/path/to/file.tex then you can place your environment file in e.g. nested/env.tex and it will still be found. – Henri Menke Sep 22 '16 at 8:52
  • See also 6.11 of the ConTeXt Reference Manual – Henri Menke Sep 22 '16 at 8:55
  • Maybe I just don't understand some things, but I don't see how it may be logical to find this information in the "Getting started" section about the fonts in the manual. I admit I am still not very efficient when searching an information in it... and I try to RTFM before posting. On the plus side, I managed to make my configuration work, thank you for pointing out TEXMF ; if someone writes a "real" answer with explanations, I'll mark it as accepted. – A. Licari Sep 22 '16 at 9:05
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    @HenriMenke: ConTeXt doesn't search all directories above the current directory, but only two levels up. – Aditya Sep 22 '16 at 17:41

ConTeXt searches the \environment files in the following order:

  1. The current directory ($PWD from where context is run; not the PWD of main tex file)
  2. The parent directory ../
  3. Grandparent directory ../../
  4. Subdirectories in $TEXMF/tex/context//

If you want to store your local environment files somewhere were context can find them, store then in $TEXMFHOME/tex/context/<sub-directory>/. On Mac/Linux, the default value of $TEXMFHOME is $HOME/.texmf.

  • The $TEXMFHOME possibility is perfect. I don't understand why it isn't mentioned in the manual around section 2.4, when environments are explained... – A. Licari Sep 22 '16 at 21:51
  • ConTeXt follows TeX Directory Structure (TDS, for short). TDS is a beast due to the fact that it has to work on complicated multi-user setups. The most comprehensive source is the TDS manual: tug.org/tds/tds.html (Note, I said comprehensive, not easy to read). – Aditya Sep 22 '16 at 23:21

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