Many thanks--I eventually figured this out. It is possible to do the working 
directory route as well, but you can't do both--have relative path names in 
directories below the one where the document is stored and the working 
directory set in Preferences.

Thanks again for your helpful response.


On Jul 26, 2012, at 12:48 AM, Stephan Witt wrote:

Am 25.07.2012 um 23:04 schrieb Hobbs,Tom:


I am using lyx 2.0 under Mac Lion and I have a problem with the working 
directory and pathnames to files.  As I understand it, if you set the working 
directory to a folder named, say, /Users/Tom/My_folder, then you can omit the 
full pathnames when you insert graphics, etc.  This is really needed because 
otherwise, it becomes terribly hard to share lyx documents and associated 
graphics files among different users.

When I give the full pathname to graphics files in the Insert Graphics screen, 
all is fine.  But when I set the path to the working directory in preferences 
and the file name in the graphic setting, lyx can't find the file.

The working directory is the directory LyX changes to on startup.

The best thing one can do is to place all graphics files in the same directory 
or a sub directory of the referring document. All references should be made 
relative to your document. Then it's easy to share documents with associated 
graphics with other users.


N. Thompson Hobbs
Professor, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Department
of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, and
Graduate Degree Program in Ecology
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80524

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