I am using LaTex in Overleaf to write my Thesis Proposal and eventually the Disseration. I thought it would be good to have all of these documents (and their presentations) in one project so I wouldn't have to keep duplicating projects and can easily share files.

The proposal PAPER is currently the "default document" in the Overleaf project. I have a pretty extensive file structure to keep things organized, including "common" package and preamble files for papers and beamer presentations.

The proposal PRESENTATION is a stand alone document. Bottom line, Overleaf can't seem to find the preamble/package documents for the stand alone document.

A little searching led to the use of a latexmkrc to convince the default document to search there first for my custom preambles and such.

However, I cannot figure out how to get my standalone beamer presentation to look at the latexmkrc file before trying to compile as a standalone.

Here's my attempt at showing the code:

In the default document (in the main Overleaf file structure) the following works and finds my style files:



% Preamble

In the standalone file (which is in its own folder) the following does not work:

\documentclass[xcolor = {usenames,dvipsnames,table},beamer]{standalone}


% Preamble

preamble and beamer_preamble are both .sty files which reside in a folder called "custom" which is in a folder called "support". My latexmkrc file has the following code:

$ENV{'TEXINPUTS'}='./support/custom//:' . $ENV{'TEXINPUTS'}; 

Does anyone know how to get an Overleaf standalone file to check the latexmkrc file before compiling?

  • I sent an e-mail to Overleaf support. I did try putting a latexmkrc file in the subfolder, but that didn't work. I was reviewing your example project but then hit a back button and now when I click on your link it "cannot be found".
    – Jennifer
    Commented Nov 27, 2019 at 20:02
  • (I'm on support staff at Overleaf.) Watch me eat my words Jennifer! Mea culpa. I previously left a comment because I thought I had worked this out, but I didn't notice a flaw in my testing. So, it doesn't work like I thought it did. :-( Whether this can be done probably depends on your specific project structure. If you write to us at [email protected] with your project's URL, we can take a look to see if there's any way to make this work. Commented Nov 27, 2019 at 20:04
  • That would explain why the link didn't work anymore! Any help is appreciated. I like things "clean and sleek" and want to do as little duplicate work as possible. I feel like the ability to keep "related" documents in one Overleaf project is a pretty important capability.
    – Jennifer
    Commented Nov 27, 2019 at 20:14

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I guess I need to just put an answer to close this out.

The Overleaf folks suggested a slightly different file structure that mostly works. Basically, all my "main" documents should be in the highest structure.

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