I need to write several documents (mainBook1.tex, mainBook2.tex,..), all with the same layout. So basically I moved all common settings to outer file (baseSettings.sty) extension, which is pleaced in other path from docs main TeX files. See my files tree:

   | +-baseSettings.sty
   | +-BaseImages
   |   +-headerImage.jpg
   |   +-footerImage.jpg
   | +-mainBook1.tex




\newgeometry{margin=2.0cm, bottom=3.5cm, top=2.5cm}

And problem is, that those .jpg files cant be found. If I move folder BaseImages into Book1 folder, everything works fine. But I would like to have base images stored only once.

So the question is: How to set those paths in .sty file as relative from this file?

I use: MiKTeX with TeXworks. I just press the Typeset button to create PDFs – I'm not familiar wih all the magic behind.

Is it possible to compile it with command?

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    Set the TEXINPUTS environment variable to ssomething ../Base;../Base/BaseImages; and then you should be able to use \usepackage{baseSettings} and the images will work. See tex.stackexchange.com/questions/149714/….
    – user30471
    Mar 7, 2019 at 7:03

1 Answer 1


You should never use a path with \usepackage just use \usepackage{baseSettings} and it's usually more portable to omit the path from \includegraphics as well, so \includegraphics[scale=0.3]{headerImage} then just arrange that Base// is in the tex input path and any files anywhere below that will be found.

 TEXINPUTS=Base//: pdflatex mainBook1

would work for example if you have a bash or similar command line, but normally you would set the default TEXINPUTS elsewhere.

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