How do I have to include my own *.sty files in TeXstudio (with default setting, e.g. with PdfLaTeX)?

According to the log file TeXstudio uses TeX Live 2019 .

The *.sty files are organised in folders with separate subfolders e.g.

/beamer/base/themes/theme/  (the main *sty file ist located here, it include than e.g. corresponding color)  
/briefe/ ……  and so on

kpsewhich –show-path ls-R shows the following path:


I have already tried to copy the *.sty folder into the first three paths as root and afterwards I executed sudo texhash.

Additionally I have created the subfolder /home/ich/texmf/tex/latex and tried to copy the sty-folder there, too, and executed texhash.

whereis texlive shows /usr/share/texlive.

kpsewhich texmf.cnf shows /etc/texmf/web2c/texmf.cnf. A comment inside it explains that /etc/texmf/texmf.d should be modified or own *.cnf should be used and then update-texmf should be invoked.

kpsewhich -var-value=TEXMFHOME shows ~/texmf.

kpsewhich -var-value=TEXMFLOCAL shows /usr/local/share/texmf.

I am using TeXstudio V 2.12.16 (Flatpak) on Linux Mint 19.3 Cinnamon.

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    Does this answer your question? Where do I place my own .sty or .cls files, to make them available to all my .tex files? Note that TeXStudio is just the editor.
    – campa
    Feb 27, 2020 at 14:11
  • The other question is very similar (I have found it bevor), but it do not solve my problem. Maybe I misunderstand something. kpsewhich -var-value=TEXMFHOME shows ~/texmf I tried again the answer from Stefan Kottwitz: create new subdirectory ~/texmf/tex/latex/ and placed my sty-folder there. kpsewhich filename.sty shows nothing
    – Tom1
    Feb 27, 2020 at 14:37
  • I don't know exactly how TexLive deals with own .sty files, but on MikTeX yo must refresh the File Name Data Base as shown in this answer. About installing on TexLive, check this other question.
    – FHZ
    Feb 27, 2020 at 15:34
  • The answere in the other question does not solve my problem
    – Tom1
    Feb 28, 2020 at 10:14
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    If I look in the file ~/texmf/ls-R than I can see my complete sty folder, but I got still the error from TeXstudio that the sty inlcuded with \usetheme is not found
    – Tom1
    Feb 28, 2020 at 10:28


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