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Does anyone know how to provide references through a file rather than by compiling labels? Specifically, I want to compile only a specific part of a LaTeX file into a PDF, but I want to make sure that the reference numbers and section numbers are consistent with the PDF of the entire file.

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It sounds like what you want is to use LaTeX's \include mechanism. It allows you to specify only specific parts of the document to be compiled while keeping references/pagination/etc. the same as for the whole document. \include works like input except that you don't provide the .tex extension and every \include implicitly starts a new page. E.g.,

\documentclass{book}
\includeonly{chapter1,chapter2} % leave out \includeonly to compile whole document
\begin{document}
\include{frontmatter}
\include{chapter1}
\include{chapter2}
\include{chapter3}
\include{appendices}
\include{backmatter}
\end{document}
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  • The \includeonly was what I was looking for thanks. – Tae Hyung Kim Aug 28 '20 at 9:34

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