this is a follow up question to the question I asked yesterday that has been considered to be a "duplicate".

I created the directories mentioned here: Where can I put biblatex style modifications? and saved my bbx and cbx files in these directories.

LaTeX still won't find style=mystyle. I read this question: biblatex: why isn't my own .bbx file found? but it doesn't help, I have both a bbx and cbx file.

What is wrong? Thanks!

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    you also need define path that your latex can find them and also update data base for your latex installation. for this miktex has special wizard "miktex settings". for other latex distribution should be something similar, but i'm not familiar for them.
    – Zarko
    Commented Jan 21, 2018 at 10:23
  • Thanks. Does anybody know how to do that using TeXLive and TeXStudio? Commented Jan 21, 2018 at 10:29
  • Are you on Linux or Mac? It should be enough to simply move the files to ~/texmf/biblatex/bbx or thereabouts. Did you use /texmf/ or ~/texmf/? Where exactly did you move your files? What happens if you run kpsewhich mystyle.bbx?
    – moewe
    Commented Jan 21, 2018 at 11:04
  • You should use TEXMFHOME which is on Linux normally ~/texmf/. If the folder is not there, you can simply create it.
    – moewe
    Commented Jan 21, 2018 at 11:51
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    Have a look at tex.ac.uk/FAQ-what-TDS.html and tex.ac.uk/FAQ-privinst.html I suggest you go for kpsewhich -var-value TEXMFHOME instead of kpsewhich -var-value TEXMFLOCAL.
    – moewe
    Commented Jan 21, 2018 at 11:54

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You are using a TeX live system. Having read http://www.tex.ac.uk/FAQ-privinst.html and http://www.tex.ac.uk/FAQ-what-TDS.html I have come to the conclusion that TEXMFHOME would be the best place to put your files in that case. The advantage of TEXMFHOME over other places is that you don't need to run texhash and that you almost definitely have full write access.


kpsewhich -var-value TEXMFHOME

to find out where TEXMFHOME is.

It most likely is ~/texmf. If that directory does not exist, you will have to create it.

Then simply drop your .bbx and .cbx files into, say


and you are good to go.

People using MikTeX should refer to Create a local texmf tree in MiKTeX.

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