[twg-tds] Question: how to include an image file in a document class?

Lei Ye lei at uow.edu.au
Mon Sep 14 06:07:14 CEST 2015

Hi, Reinhard

The uowthesis package is installed with the MiKTeX Package Manager.

The UoWlogo.png went to doc/latex/uowthesis/, therefore

kpsewhich UoWlogo.png

returns nothing.

kpsewhich UoWthesis.cls



It's my first time to know \graphicspath is deprecated.

In the following scenario, what is the best way to do it.

I first have a subfolder call images/ to hold my figures and have 100


Then later I decide to change the hosting folder to figures/. Instead of
replacing "images/" in all 100 \includegraphics commands, what is a
better way to do it?

>From time to time, we provide some advice to students on how to do
things in Latex for their papers and theses. It would be good to have a
published document to refer to on the deprecation of \graphicspath so
that we can suggest them to avoid deprecated constructs.


On 14/09/2015 8:42 AM, Reinhard Kotucha wrote:
> Ulrike, if I understand Lei's problem correctly, MiKTeX doesn't find
> tex/latex/uowthesis/UoWlogo.png for some reason.  I can't believe it.
> Can you reproduce the problem?
> On 2015-09-13 at 04:08:32 +0000, Lei Ye wrote:
>  > In the document "A Directory Structure for TEX Files" version 1.1, June
>  > 23 2004, it defines the TDS texmf directory tree and use "texmf" to
>  > refer to its root.
>  > 
>  > e.g.     texmf/doc
> The TDS tells you where to *put* your files.  If you put them into the
> right directories they will be found by your TeX system automatically.
>  > Are there generic, platform-independent TEX variables like @TEXMF and
>  > @TEXMFLOCAL to resolve the directory tree defined in TDS for both Tex
>  > Live and MikTeX?
>  > 
>  > e.g. To allow any of the following to work:
>  > 
>  > \IfFileExists{\@TEXMFLOCAL /doc/latex/uowthesis/UoWlogo.png}
>  > \includegraphics{\@TEXMFLOCAL /doc/latex/uowthesis/UoWlogo.png}
> There is neither a need to specify a path nor is it desired.  Use
>   \IfFileExists{UoWlogo.png}{}{}
> and
>   \includegraphics{UoWlogo.png}
> instead and rely on your TeX system.  You can check it on the command
> line.  On TeX Live I get
>   $ kpsewhich UoWthesis.cls
>   /xopt/texlive/2015/texmf-dist/tex/latex/uowthesis/UoWthesis.cls
> and
>   $ kpsewhich UoWlogo.png
>   /xopt/texlive/2015/texmf-dist/tex/latex/uowthesis/UoWlogo.png
> I suppose that on MiKTeX the first command works for you.  If the
> second doesn't, please note that there are already 61 PNG files under
> TEXMF/tex/latex.  I can't imagine that MiKTeX is unable to find any
> of them.  Did you install the PNG file manually and forgot to update
> the filename database?
>  > \graphicspath{  {\@TEXMF /tex/latex/uowthesis/}  {\@TEXMFLOCAL
>  > /tex/latex/uowthesis/}  {\@TEXMFLOCAL /doc/latex/uowthesis/} {\@TEXMF
>  > /doc/latex/uowthesis/} }
> I assume that you tried \graphicspath because something else went
> wrong.  The short answer is "hands off!".
> First of all, ***never*** use absolute paths.  
> \graphicspath is supposed to contain a list of paths relative to the
> location of a particular document.  It should never be used in .cls or
> .sty files.
> The original idea was to allow you to write
>   \graphicspath{{photos/}{drawings/}}
>   \includegraphics{my_dog.jpg}
>   \includegraphics{my_house.pdf}
> instead of
>   \includegraphics{photos/my_dog.jpg}
>   \includegraphics{drawings/my_house.pdf}
> but the latter solution is much more efficient wrt TeX's memory
> consumption.  Therefore \graphicspath is deprecated nowadays.  It
> unnecessarily adds things to TeX's string pool without providing a
> significant benefit to the user.
> Regards,
>   Reinhard

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