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When I load both tikz and storebox and compile the following MWE, I get an error message ! Missing number, treated as zero.. When I additionally load animate, I get no error message, but a spurious page with the text graphicx.

\documentclass[12pt]{standalone}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usepackage{storebox}
%\usepackage{animate}
\listfiles
\begin{document}
Test
\end{document}
  • When I compile the document above (tikz then storebox, no animate), I get the error message shown below, along with a two-page PDF document.
  • When I include animate, I get no error message, but still a two-page PDF document.
  • If I load storebox, then tikz, and no animate, result is normal. If I leave out tikz of any combination, result is normal. If I leave any of the three packages out of the sequence storebox-animate-tikz, result is normal. There must be some strange 3-package issue going on; but they're all relatively new and not obscure...

The log:

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standalone.cls    2012/09/15 v1.1b Class to compile TeX sub-files standalone
ifluatex.sty    2010/03/01 v1.3 Provides the ifluatex switch (HO)
   ifpdf.sty    2011/01/30 v2.3 Provides the ifpdf switch (HO)
 ifxetex.sty    2010/09/12 v0.6 Provides ifxetex conditional
 xkeyval.sty    2012/10/14 v2.6b package option processing (HA)
 xkeyval.tex    2012/10/14 v2.6b key=value parser (HA)
standalone.cfg    2012/09/15 v1.1b Default configuration file for 'standalone' 
class
 article.cls    2007/10/19 v1.4h Standard LaTeX document class
  size12.clo    2007/10/19 v1.4h Standard LaTeX file (size option)
    tikz.sty    2010/10/13 v2.10 (rcs-revision 1.76)
     pgf.sty    2008/01/15 v2.10 (rcs-revision 1.12)
  pgfrcs.sty    2010/10/25 v2.10 (rcs-revision 1.24)
everyshi.sty    2001/05/15 v3.00 EveryShipout Package (MS)
  pgfrcs.code.tex
 pgfcore.sty    2010/04/11 v2.10 (rcs-revision 1.7)
graphicx.sty    1999/02/16 v1.0f Enhanced LaTeX Graphics (DPC,SPQR)
graphics.sty    2009/02/05 v1.0o Standard LaTeX Graphics (DPC,SPQR)
    trig.sty    1999/03/16 v1.09 sin cos tan (DPC)
graphics.cfg    2010/04/23 v1.9 graphics configuration of TeX Live
  pdftex.def    2011/05/27 v0.06d Graphics/color for pdfTeX
infwarerr.sty    2010/04/08 v1.3 Providing info/warning/error messages (HO)
 ltxcmds.sty    2011/11/09 v1.22 LaTeX kernel commands for general use (HO)
  pgfsys.sty    2010/06/30 v2.10 (rcs-revision 1.37)
  pgfsys.code.tex
pgfsyssoftpath.code.tex    2008/07/18  (rcs-revision 1.7)
pgfsysprotocol.code.tex    2006/10/16  (rcs-revision 1.4)
  xcolor.sty    2007/01/21 v2.11 LaTeX color extensions (UK)
   color.cfg    2007/01/18 v1.5 color configuration of teTeX/TeXLive
 pgfcore.code.tex
pgfcomp-version-0-65.sty    2007/07/03 v2.10 (rcs-revision 1.7)
pgfcomp-version-1-18.sty    2007/07/23 v2.10 (rcs-revision 1.1)
  pgffor.sty    2010/03/23 v2.10 (rcs-revision 1.18)
 pgfkeys.sty    
 pgfkeys.code.tex
  pgffor.code.tex
    tikz.code.tex
storebox.sty    2011/12/21 v1.3a Store and reuse boxes in a file size efficient
 way
collectbox.sty    2012/05/17 v0.4b Collect macro arguments as boxes
supp-pdf.mkii
pdftexcmds.sty    2011/11/29 v0.20 Utility functions of pdfTeX for LuaTeX (HO)
epstopdf-base.sty    2010/02/09 v2.5 Base part for package epstopdf
  grfext.sty    2010/08/19 v1.1 Manage graphics extensions (HO)
kvdefinekeys.sty    2011/04/07 v1.3 Define keys (HO)
kvoptions.sty    2011/06/30 v3.11 Key value format for package options (HO)
kvsetkeys.sty    2012/04/25 v1.16 Key value parser (HO)
etexcmds.sty    2011/02/16 v1.5 Avoid name clashes with e-TeX commands (HO)
epstopdf-sys.cfg    2010/07/13 v1.3 Configuration of (r)epstopdf for TeX Live
storebox-pgf.sty    2011/12/21 v1.3a Patches for PGF to support transparency an
d shadings inside storeboxes
 ***********

 ) 
Here is how much of TeX's memory you used:
 10228 strings out of 493481
 196958 string characters out of 3140986
 10231912 words of memory out of 10432467
 13337 multiletter control sequences out of 15000+200000
 3938 words of font info for 15 fonts, out of 3000000 for 9000
 957 hyphenation exceptions out of 8191
 56i,5n,56p,411b,111s stack positions out of 30000i,500n,10000p,200000b,80000s
</local/opt/texlive/2012/texmf-dist/fonts/type1/public/amsfonts/cm/cmr12.pfb>
Output written on test.pdf (2 pages, 9563 bytes).
PDF statistics:
 18 PDF objects out of 1000 (max. 8388607)
 12 compressed objects within 1 object stream
 0 named destinations out of 1000 (max. 500000)
 13 words of extra memory for PDF output out of 10000 (max. 10000000)

I've used this combination of packages before. What's going on, and how can I amend this problem or use a workaround?

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There is a bug in storebox.sty:

\AtBeginDocument{%
    \@ifpackageloaded{pgf}{\RequirePackage{storebox-pgf}{}}%
}

should be

\AtBeginDocument{%
    \@ifpackageloaded{pgf}{\RequirePackage{storebox-pgf}}{}%
}

When TeX executes this piece of code, it looks for the third argument to \@ifpackageloaded and it finds \ifnum which comes just after \@begindocumenthook in the code for \document. So this \ifnum is gobbled because pgf is loaded by tikz and what happens is that TeX sees

\topskip>1sp

which is meaningless. Indeed the error is “Missing number, treated as zero” because > is out of place. After this one has the usual error “Illegal unit of measure (pt inserted)” and then “Extra \fi”.

This explains why you have no error when tikz is not loaded: \@ifpackageloaded will follow the false branch, thus reinserting the \ifnum it mistakenly took as the third argument to \@ifpackageloaded.

You can temporarily fix it by adding

\AtBeginDocument{{}}

just after \usepackage{storebox}, which will provide the required empty argument for \@ifpackageloaded.

\documentclass[12pt]{article}%{standalone}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usepackage{storebox}
\AtBeginDocument{{}}
\usepackage{animate}

\begin{document}
Test
\end{document}
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