in many answers and hints to LaTeX questions regarding fonts, there is always the requirement for installing new fonts, to create a "TDS compliant" root directory.

If i follow these instructions and look up, for example on Windows with a Miktex installation, what a "TDS-compliant" directory should look like, it requests something: "THis does not look like an TDS-compliant directory. Please install one.."

He directs me to a documentation where following is claimed:


When i provide a directory with this structure (for example under C:\localtexmf) and try to add it via MikTeX console, he is still saying that exact this structure is "Not TDS-compliant". When i lookup the information, for example, as instructed by the answer in Create a local texmf tree in MiKTeX

it leads me to the information in A Directory Structure for TeX Files where a different "TDS-compliant" directory structure is propagated:

The top-level directories specified by the TDS are:

`tex' for TeX files (Section Macros).
`fonts' for font-related files (Section Fonts).
`metafont' for Metafont files which are not fonts (Section Non-font Metafont files).
`metapost' for MetaPost files (Section MetaPost).
`bibtex' for BibTeX files (Section BibTeX).
`scripts' for platform-independent executables (Section Scripts).
`doc' for user documentation (Section Documentation).
`source' for sources. This includes both traditional program sources ....

Besides the fact that is strange that there are different "TDS-compliant" directory structures, neither of this different "TDS-compliant" structures are working with MikTeX.

Is there another "TDS-compliant" structure which would work with MikTeX?

  • @moewe, yes, exactly that´s the reason i wrote this link in my comment
    – Coliban
    Jan 24, 2019 at 6:44
  • Ooops, missed that link, sorry.
    – moewe
    Jan 24, 2019 at 7:10
  • Note that it is not enough to have only the top-level directories and then everything below that. You also need the sub-directory structure. Usually packages go into tex/latex/<package name>. How deep did you go?
    – moewe
    Jan 24, 2019 at 7:12
  • @moewe. oh, i provided only the top level structure. But since there are different structures, i wonder which one will be the right TDS-structure.
    – Coliban
    Jan 24, 2019 at 7:18
  • I'm not sure how deep MikTeX goes to check that. I'd have thought it only becomes relevant once you actually put files somewhere, but I don't know. Do you have files in your TDS tree already? If so, where are they?
    – moewe
    Jan 24, 2019 at 7:19

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tds has a two-level structure: your files always go two folders down, in tex\generic or tex\latex or fonts\tfm.

I don't know the exact rules which miktex uses to check (one would need to check the source code for this), but I can add texmf tree if is has the minimal structure


while only texmf\tex is rejected.

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