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    pagecommand=\section{Experimental Work}]{Ageing-Shaking-Cracking.pdf}

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  1. Correct header of chapter 1 (Fracture), and section 1.1 (Theoretical) and followed by the pdf file to be included (this takes two pages)
  2. First problem, on page 3, I get: Chapter 2 Fracture and 2.1 Theoretical again, followed by blank. Clearly wrong
  3. Then I correctly get section 2.2 blah blah followed by the pdf to be included (one page).
  4. I get correctly 2.4 Experimental work on the first of two pages, but again the same header of the second (of two) page.
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Have you tried enclosing the argument(s) of each pagecommand= instruction in curly braces? In the code you provide, you only appear to do so for the first \includepdfmerge macro, but not for the two \includepdf macros. – Mico Apr 23 '12 at 17:36
As mentioned in the pdfpages documentation, the pagecommand key is executed on every page (or sheet of paper). You're interested in something like a pagecommand* key that does not currently exist. As such, you need some other workaround. – Werner Apr 23 '12 at 17:41
Have you tried putting curly braces around -- or, equivalently, inserting \begingroup and \endgroup statements before and afer -- the \includepdfmerge and \includepdf statements? This should keep the scope of the respective pagecommand directives localized. (By default, the pagecommand statements apply to all pages...) – Mico Apr 23 '12 at 19:11

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The pagecommand option is only meant for "immaterial" things like \thispagestyle. The way you use it a new chapter will start on every included page.

I assume you are using a book-like class where a new chapter always starts on a right page. The empty page inserted by the second \chapter is what really messes things up.

I advise to move \chapter and \section completely outside of \includepdf:

\section{Experimental Work}

Of course I can't judge whether this is what you want as you've given very little detail on this.

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Sure, but then I get a nearly empty blank page (with the headers) which is "ugly". Oh well, I will limit myself to one page inclusion. Thanks – victor Apr 23 '12 at 18:23
@victor Yes, I had assumed as much. Maybe you don't want the sectioning commands themselves but just the page headers? Take a look at the fancyhdr package, it lets you set the headers to anything you want. – Stephan Lehmke Apr 23 '12 at 18:31

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