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I wrote a custom package with my most used commands and it works great. However I find the process of keeping it up to date a little involved. Because the /usr/local/texlive/... directory is owned by root, I can't write changes from the editor directly to it. On the other hand I don't have a ~/.tex or any (la)tex-related directory in my home folder. So what I'm doing now is to edit a copy of the .sty file that resides in my ~/ folder and always save it when I make a change. Then I sudo cp it to /usr/local/texlive/..., I rebuild the index and finally I can use it.

Is there a quicker way to make the changes readily available to my system so that I can try them right after having made them?

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You should never need to store files in /usr/local/texlive/... really. Instead just create a local texmf folder. Changes you make there will be instantly available to any file and without the need to run texhash (mktexlsr). See the following question on how to do this:

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  • Cool, I read about the texmf folder, but I didn't know I could/had to create one myself if it didn't exist. I now read your other answer and it works. It even goes to the extent that TexStudio (nice program) suggests me the new commands I created when I start typing them. And all without rehashing anything. Sorry, but I had to get this out: I'm very impressed and a happy LaTeX user!
    – Andyc
    Dec 1, 2020 at 19:32

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