I am writing a text in orgmode that I want to export to pdf. I want to include specific lines from a latex file using #+include:. In fact, I want to include multiple text sections from a single latex file at specific locations in an org file.

Following the documentation I should be able to do so using the :lines argument with export latex. This, however, seems not to be working.

An org file with the following content:

#+TITLE: Some File

* Heading

#+include: "another-file.tex" export latex :lines 3-5

Does not include anything from the latex file.

I also tested whether the order of arguments had an effect, i.e., with #+include: "another-file.tex" :lines 3-5 export latex. This results in the whole .tex-file being included in the exported PDF.

What am I missing here?

  • Please submit a bug report with M-x org-submit-bug-report. I don't think you are missing anything.
    – NickD
    May 11, 2021 at 17:13
  • Thanks @NickD, I'll file one, and thanks also for bringing that command to my attention.
    – grszkthfr
    May 14, 2021 at 5:07
  • As the answer points out, it's more of a documentation bug than anything else. OTOH, it's not clear to me that the quotes buy us anything, so it may still be worth asking on the ML.
    – NickD
    Jun 7, 2021 at 14:08

1 Answer 1


I've tested your code and when I add quotation marks to the line numbers (as described in the documentation), it works.

Here is the working code:

#+TITLE: Some File

* Heading

#+include: "another-file.tex" export latex :lines "3-5"

Hope this helps.

  • You are right: the regexp for lines is looking for the quotes. But the documentation is inconsistent: section Include file has four examples. the first three with quotes, the fourth without.
    – NickD
    Jun 7, 2021 at 14:05

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