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I have some problems using longtable with a caption. The caption repeats every page therefore multiple entries are created in the list of tables. I only want one caption per table - for the following example there should be one caption and one entry in the list of tables - not three.

How can this be achieved?

\documentclass{scrbook}
\usepackage{longtable}
\begin{document}
\listoftables

\renewcommand{\arraystretch}{5.0}
\begin{longtable}[htb]{|p{1in}|p{1in}|}
\caption{my table}\\
    \hline 
    1 & 2 \\
    \endhead
    \hline  a & b  \\ \hline c & d \\ \hline e & f \\
    \hline  a & b  \\ \hline c & d \\ \hline e & f \\
    \hline  a & b  \\ \hline c & d \\ \hline e & f \\
    \hline  a & b  \\ \hline c & d \\ \hline e & f \\
    \hline  a & b  \\ \hline c & d \\ \hline e & f \\
\end{longtable}
\end{document}
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Use \endfirsthead to define the first table heading (including a \caption), and \endhead for all other headings. See section 3 of the longtable documentation for details.

\documentclass{scrbook}
\usepackage{longtable}
\begin{document}
\listoftables

\renewcommand{\arraystretch}{5.0}
\begin{longtable}[htb]{|p{1in}|p{1in}|}
    \caption{my table}\\
    \hline 
    1 & 2 \\
    \endfirsthead
    \hline 
    1 & 2 \\
    \endhead
    \hline  a & b  \\ \hline c & d \\ \hline e & f \\
    \hline  a & b  \\ \hline c & d \\ \hline e & f \\
    \hline  a & b  \\ \hline c & d \\ \hline e & f \\
    \hline  a & b  \\ \hline c & d \\ \hline e & f \\
    \hline  a & b  \\ \hline c & d \\ \hline e & f \\
\end{longtable}
\end{document}
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define \endfirsthead

\documentclass{scrbook}
\usepackage{longtable}
\begin{document}
\listoftables

\renewcommand{\arraystretch}{5.0}
\begin{longtable}[htb]{|p{1in}|p{1in}|}
\caption{my table}\\\hline 
\endfirsthead
\hline
        1 & 2 \\
    \endhead
    \hline  a & b  \\ \hline c & d \\ \hline e & f \\
    \hline  a & b  \\ \hline c & d \\ \hline e & f \\
    \hline  a & b  \\ \hline c & d \\ \hline e & f \\
    \hline  a & b  \\ \hline c & d \\ \hline e & f \\
    \hline  a & b  \\ \hline c & d \\ \hline e & f \\
\end{longtable}
\end{document}
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