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I only recently came across the fixltx2e package. Given that it patches aspects of LaTeX, my spidey-sense begins to tingle out of a concern for possible package conflicts.

Are there known conflicts? Is it better to load fixltx2e early, or, like hyperref, as late as possible? (Yes, I am worrying about a problem I don't as yet have. But, the concern won't be fresh in my mind six months from now if some conflict produces a hard to figure out bug.)

I'd originally thought that there was little documentation, as none is linked on the CTAN Catalogue page that I used as the package link. In light of the answer, I thought to run texdoc fixltx2e1 in the terminal. It turns out there is an extensive amount of documentation available, just not where I am used to looking for a new package.

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Load fixltx2e before footmisc.

memoir and subfig have special compatibility code to deal with fixltx2e, so it seems to be possible to have conflicts, but I have not had to deal with any.

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The documentation for fixltx2e says only to load it in the preamble. It sounds like it doesn't matter where in the preamble you load it. I tend to do it right after the \documentclass.

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Load the amsthm package before fixltx2e.

Latex gives an error if it's the other way around: latex> ! You can't use macro parameter character #' in restricted horizontal mode. latex> <argument> \hskip \labelsep \itshape ## latex> 1\@addpunct {.} latex> l.441 #1\@addpunct{.}] latex> \ignorespaces latex> ! Too many }'s. latex> l.442 } latex> {% latex> ! Undefined control sequence. latex> \qed ...}\nobreak \hfill \quad \hbox {\qedsymbol latex> }\fi

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Could you give an explanation or a reference to why this is necessary, please? –  diabonas Apr 30 '12 at 15:56
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@diabonas: Latex gives an error if it's the other way around: latex> ! You can't use macro parameter character #' in restricted horizontal mode. latex> <argument> \hskip \labelsep \itshape ## latex> 1\@addpunct {.} latex> l.441 #1\@addpunct{.}] latex> \ignorespaces latex> ! Too many }'s. latex> l.442 } latex> {% latex> ! Undefined control sequence. latex> \qed ...}\nobreak \hfill \quad \hbox {\qedsymbol latex> }\fi –  Markus Apr 30 '12 at 17:43
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Oh ok, this is indeed a very convincing argument to respect the correct order ;-) Could you edit your answer to include this error message, please? –  diabonas Apr 30 '12 at 17:50
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I'm not aware of any conflicts, but that's not saying much... I don't think it really matters when in the preamble you load it.

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