Might be more of a Pandoc question than a TeX question but I hope you can help anyway. Following situation:

I'm on Windows and in %AppData%\Roaming\pandoc\templates I have 2 files:

  • absender.lco
  • brief.latex

brief.latex looks basically like this:


% ...


% ...


\ProvidesFile{absender.lco}[letter-class-option file]

% ...

My problem is the following: When I run

$ pandoc x.md -o x.pdf --template=brief

somewhere else on the system (with a correct x.md) I get the following response:

Error producing PDF.
! Class scrlttr2 Error: Letter-Class-Option file `absender.lco' not found.

See the scrlttr2 class documentation for explanation.
Type  H <return>  for immediate help.

l.32 \LoadLetterOption{absender}

It did work, when I had both files mentioned earlier in the same directory where my x.md is - but as you might understand I don't want to copy them to every directory where I use them (I mean, that's the way templates should work).

1 Answer 1


It is not pandoc but latex which is looking for absender.lco. And latex does not look into %AppData%\Roaming\pandoc\templates. Instead, you could but the file into the local TEXMF provided by your TeX distirbution tree somewhere below tex/latex.

  • 1
    Great. I didn't know of texmf before. For the record: I created the structure: %userprofile%\texmf\tex\latex, moved my absender.lco to there and it worked.
    – leun4m
    Jun 27, 2019 at 20:56

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