[OS X TeX] Standard preamble

Chris Goedde cgoedde at condor.depaul.edu
Tue Jul 18 11:43:33 EDT 2006

On Jul 18, 2006, at 10:26 AM, Alain Schremmer wrote:

> As I am working on the "magnum opus", because my knowledge of LaTeX is 
> extremely limited, I keep modifying the preamble. But because the 
> magnum opus is made of more and more files, I am having an 
> increasingly terrible time keeping all the preambles the same.
> Is there a way each file could have a minimum preamble, say with just 
> a command to use the stuff in a "central" file which would then be the 
> only file I would modify?

An alternative to the previous suggestions is to put your preamble in a 
style file (i.e. mypreamble.sty) and then include it via the 
\usepackage{} command (i.e. \usepackage{mypreamble}). I think that this 
is much cleaner than using \input or \include. You can stick the style 
file in a place where TeX will find it (mine is in 
~/Library/texmf/tex/latex) and then you can use it for anything you 

(Note, you might have to make some slight changes in your preamble if 
you make it a style file and you used some tricky TeX. By default, @ is 
treated differently in a style file than in a plain TeX file.)

Chris Goedde

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