[tex-live] Getting started / integrating my own macro and image files

George gastewart4 at gmail.com
Sat Dec 8 22:49:29 CET 2018

I installed TeXLive 2017 on a Windows 10 system  and am using TeXWorks. I use plain TeX coding and the XeTeX format. I have it working except that I have to include my macros and images  in the same directory as the source file I am working on in order for XeTeX to find them---obviously not acceptable.

 I am trying to get my macro and image files  into the proper locations. I have read through what I think are the relevant instructions in the Tex-Live manual but still having problems getting started.

Reading section 3.4.6 Integrating local and personal macros, it seem that the appropriate directory for my own macros  would be in ``TEXMFLOCAL (by default, … %SystemDrive%\texlive\texmf-local on Windows).’’ However, I cannot find this location on the system drive (drive C). 

According to section 6.1, Automatic path adjustment, ``No manual configuration steps are required.’’  I figured that means during installation a TEXMFLOCAL “tree” would already be set. If it is set, then all I would need to do put my macros into the appropriate part of the TDS tree, right? But I don’t know quite how to do that.

First question: what is the minimum structure I would need for TDS compliance? Ie., what goes after ”\texmf-local\” for the plain-TeX macros (targets of \input)  and what goes after  ”\texmf-local\” for the XeTeX-readable image files (targets of \XeTeXpicfile)?

Second question: what comes BEFORE the ”\texmf-local\” on my system? How can I find out?

I found a MikTeX Settings utility that lets me identify the location of registered root directories and let me add to them. But I am not sure what to add there, or if that is the appropriate way to do it.

Thank you for helping a beginner with startup problems.


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