how to point pdflatex at a non-packaged install of beamer?

Andrew Farris flyindragon1 at
Sun Aug 14 19:34:17 UTC 2011

On Thu, 2011-08-04 at 19:45 -0400, Robert P. J. Day wrote:
>   however, there is a newer version of beamer (3.10) that i can't find
> as a ubuntu package but i'd rather use that.  now i just need a way to
> tell pdflatex that, when i run invoke it against a beamer tex file, i
> want it to use the untarred 3.10 beamer files rather than the 3.07
> files that are installed under /usr/share/texmf/tex/latex.
>   i'm guessing that, when i run pdflatex and have a tex file that
> starts with
>   \documentclass{beamer}
> that command, by default, looks in that /usr/share/... directory.  but
> i just don't see a pdflatex option that tells it to look elsewhere.
> help?


I know it's a few days late, but I think that pdflatex will look in the
local project directory before looking at the global path for
includes/docclasses/etc, so unpacking it to your project dir might be
quick (if messy) one-time solution here.

As for permanently re-directing pdftex to another location, I haven't
the foggiest... but if you find it out, I'd love to hear about it (you
never know when things like that will prove useful :] ).

Good luck!

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