I have found a fix for what I want to do if I use subfiles, however I am either having an issue using subfiles with the custom class that I need to use, or am I having issues updating subfiles to a more recent version to fix this. Whilst it would be nice to be able to compile individual chapters on their own for the sake of speed, I am fine with compiling the whole thesis using the Master Document option in Texmaker. What I would like to do is have individual folders for the images of individual chapters, and define these folders at the start of the .tex file for that chapter. Currently, I can only seem to do this by not using graphicspath and instead define the full path from main.tex when calling the filename, but there has to be a nicer way to do this, surely?

My file structure is as follows:

  • root/main.tex
  • root/chapters/chapter1/chapter1.tex
  • root/chapters/chapter1/figs/myfig1.jpg
  • root/chapters/chapter2/chapter2.tex
  • root/chapters/chapter2/figs/myfig2.jpg
  • root/bib.bib


My main.tex file looks like this (I include all the packages in the template I was given in case someone knows of an obsolete package or any conflicts)

\documentclass{customclass}  % Define class
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} % Input encoding
\usepackage{amsmath}        % Maths symbols
\usepackage{amsfonts}       % Maths fonts
\usepackage{amssymb}        % More maths stuff
\usepackage{graphicx}       % Allows for embedded graphics
\usepackage[compress]{cite} % Allows for the use of a bibliography, and automatically handles things like numbering
\usepackage[hidelinks]{hyperref}    % Allows for embedded clickable links

\title{My thesis title}
\titlePage % this syntax is used in my custom class


\chapter{Another chapter}\label{chapter2}

% Bibliography style
\bibliographystyle{custombibstyle} % this is a custom bibliography style given to me


And here is an example of what chapter1.tex looks like currently (I won't include chapter2 but you should get the jist by now).

This is an example of a chapter, with my image

    \caption[Figure1]{Long description of figure1}

In an ideal world, I would like to change chapter1.tex to

This is an example of a chapter, with my image

    \caption[Figure1]{Long description of figure1}

and the same for chapter2.tex, etc. Is this possible?

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    your graphicspath sytax is wrong \graphicspath{{chapters/chapter2/figs/}} missing a brace group and should be relative to the working directory from where you run latex – David Carlisle Jan 6 at 10:11
  • unrelated but if you used \include not \input you could speed things up a lot by using \includeonly to process just the chapters you are working on. and you almost certainly don't need epstopdf package, and beware tabu is unmaintained and not fully functional. – David Carlisle Jan 6 at 10:13
  • @DavidCarlisle I can't believe the fix was that simple, thank you! I tried changing \input to \include and it seemed to move the content of the file on a new line after the titles Chapter 1 and Introduction - should I include \chapter{Introduction} \label{chapter1} inside the chapter1.tex file instead of main.tex? I'm also a little unsure how to use \includeonly as I don't just replace \include with it. Should my preamble in main.tex be put inside \includeonly{}? – Steven Thomas Jan 6 at 11:17
  • yes put the \chapter inside the included files, do one run of the whole document (to get references and page counts for the whole thing) then put \includeonly(Chapters/chapter2/chapter2} and it will just process chapter 2 but any \ref sections in other chapters will still work – David Carlisle Jan 6 at 11:38
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    I don't use texmaker so I don't know the details of how its master document works, the similar feature in emacs doesn't make a new main each time, it simply tells the editor which document to run (well there is also a preview feature which does make a temp document) but yes for includeonly the idea is you edit the list (typically people comment/uncomment the command as required) – David Carlisle Jan 6 at 16:42

Your graphicspath syntax is wrong


It was missing a brace group and should be relative to the working directory from where you run latex.

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