In my class I use a custom Rmarkdown template for students to compile their rmd files to pdf in order to submit them to our LMS for grading. In the past some students typed unicode characters in their files, which then mysteriously failed to compile with latex, so I changed the engine to xelatex and used a unicode aware font. This is the YAML header form the template.
--- title: "" author: "" output: pdf_document: df_print: tibble latex_engine: xelatex html_document: toc: true toc_depth: 2 toc_float: true df_print: paged code_folding: none code_download: false geometry: margin=1in mainfont: FreeSerif ---
On Rstudio cloud, this will not compile because of missing
unicode-math LaTeX package. I installed
unicode-math in the base project following the instructions here, but when testing it, it seems that the local LaTeX environment does not get inherited from the base project to my students' projects.
Is there something I can do about that?