I have recently upgraded from Ubuntu 11.04 to Ubuntu 11.10. I also installed "vanilla" TexLive 2011 (instead of the old TexLive 2009 from the repositories) and upgraded it with sudo tlmgr update --self -all so all the packages are in the latest version. I currently need TexLive to write my PhD thesis and I use classicthessis package to do it.

In the new version of the classicthesis, v.3.0 that comes with TexLive 2011 the package is used by issuing just

\usepackage {classicthesis-preamble}

which is loaded as the first package in the preamble and then it sets everything and loads the classicthesis package (it is in the last line).

My question now is: Is there a way to pass options to the classicthesis package and/or how can I disable some of the default options that classicthesis-preamble passes to the classicthesis package - FROM MY PREAMBLE (i.e. without altering the installed classicthesis files or creating their copies in my document folder and altering those?

For example, classicthesis-preamble passes drafting option to the classicthesis


and I want to compile the my document without that option - but would prefer to do it from the preamble of my own document.

I tried reloading the classicthesis after classisthesis-preamble with my own set of options, expecting some error because classicthesis would be already called from the classicthesis-preamble:


but there was no error, but no change in the options either. I tried using \PassOptionsToPackage but it can just add additional options to the existing ones. I tried googling for similar command that can replace instead of add options, but did not find one.

1 Answer 1


André Miede's idea is that one should copy classicthesis-preamble.sty in the working directory and changes is to suit the needs for a particular job.

Not a very good idea, in my opinion, as the code in this package is quite intimidating for the novice and does not limit itself to some


lines, maybe with some auxiliary definitions. It's not very clear why saying

\PassOptionsToPackage{fleqn}{amsmath}           % math environments and more by the AMS 

is to be preferred to the simpler


or what the novice user is supposed to do with

                \RequirePackage{backref} % to be loaded after hyperref package 
                   \renewcommand{\backreftwosep}{ and~} % seperate 2 pages
                   \renewcommand{\backreflastsep}{, and~} % seperate last of longer list
                   \renewcommand*{\backref}[1]{}  % Disable standard
                   \renewcommand*{\backrefalt}[4]{% Detailed backref
                      \ifcase #1 %

which is code that should go in classicthesis.sty.

If you feel intimidated by classicthesis-preamble.sty, then don't load it and add the packages you need, passing the desired options directly to classicthesis.

For example



\hypersetup{%draft, % = no hyperlinking at all (useful in b/w printouts)
    colorlinks=true, linktocpage=true, pdfstartpage=3, pdfstartview=FitV,%
    % uncomment the following line if you want to have black links (e.g., for printing)
    %colorlinks=false, linktocpage=false, pdfborder={0 0 0}, pdfstartpage=3, pdfstartview=FitV,% 
    breaklinks=true, pdfpagemode=UseNone, pageanchor=true, pdfpagemode=UseOutlines,%
    plainpages=false, bookmarksnumbered, bookmarksopen=true, bookmarksopenlevel=1,%
    hypertexnames=true, pdfhighlight=/O,%hyperfootnotes=true,%nesting=true,%frenchlinks,%
    urlcolor=webbrown, linkcolor=RoyalBlue, citecolor=webgreen, %pagecolor=RoyalBlue,%
    %urlcolor=Black, linkcolor=Black, citecolor=Black, %pagecolor=Black,%
    pdfproducer={LaTeX with hyperref and classicthesis}%

which might be sufficient for many purposes.

  • Thanks! It looks exactly as you say - as it is intended to create you own copy of classicthesis-preamble. I agree with you that it is not quite novice-friendly but... Anyway, I don't quite understand your last sentence. What should one do or do not? Could you elaborate more on that? Thanks again for your answer.
    – Vladimir
    Nov 2, 2011 at 17:24
  • @egred, Please, could you explain your last statement? It's probably my English, but I don't understand what you meant by "Just don't load classicthesis-preamble.sty and add the packages you need, passing the desired options directly to classicthesis."
    – Vladimir
    Nov 3, 2011 at 10:36
  • he means do not use classicthesis-preamble. instead just pass the options you want to classictheis in your document.
    – dfc
    Apr 11, 2012 at 2:41
  • Is classicthesis-preamble.sty still meant to be used? I never saw it here.
    – JJD
    Sep 8, 2012 at 0:50
  • 1
    @JJD The last version has classicthesis-config.tex.
    – egreg
    Sep 8, 2012 at 7:24

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