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I have a fixed-column long table, with much text inside, that spans about three pages. I set it using the supertabular package, and for the most part it is working (I will still have to go back to manually tweak a few things once the document is complete). However, I sometimes wonder if longtable would have been a better choice.

Looking for troubleshooting tips for tables in this site, I noticed that there are a little over three times as many questions tagged for longtable than there are for supertabular. I could speculate that this is either because supertabular has fewer undesirable side-effects or because longtable is the preferred package, therefore more people will have problems with it. I have tried them both, and by putting enough time into them I have gotten the desired results; however, the question still nags me: which one is the right one (or the better one) for which type of long-table?

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If you're happy with columns changing width across pages, then supertabular can be for you. :) – egreg May 9 '12 at 15:11
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Why don't you try longtabu from tabu? – Harish Kumar May 9 '12 at 15:45
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as @HarishKumar, I would also suggest you look at longtabu. I am not entirely sure what you mean about it getting "less love than supertabular". – ArTourter May 9 '12 at 16:58
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IIRC longtabu uses longtable internally. – clemens May 9 '12 at 17:01
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If you use any of the mentioned packages other than longtable then any bug or problem reports don't go to me. That is a definite advantage of using those packages. – David Carlisle May 9 '12 at 18:49
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Flippant comment moved to answer as requested:-):

If you use any of the mentioned packages other than longtable then any bug or problem reports don't go to me. That is a definite advantage of using those packages.

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While you have my heartfelt thanks for all your work on LaTeX including longtable, I have to say that this answer is utterly unhelpful. – Gilles May 18 at 16:34
    
In contrast this is a useful answer. – Gilles May 18 at 16:39
    
@Gilles as it says it was a comment but the OP requested it be posted as an answer. It doesn't do you any harm, but I can probably survive with two less rep:-) – David Carlisle May 18 at 17:47
    
@Gilles, this question predates the question you link to by about 1-1/2 years. At the time (and still now), it was helpful enough for me to request the comment to be made an answer and accept it. Unlike the question you link, that asks about the technical differences between two table packages, this one asks about use cases. Knowing that @DavidCarlisle is the maintainer of longtable and incredibly active in the community informed my decision to accept the answer. If you insist on marking it as a duplicate, refer to this question instead: tex.stackexchange.com/q/12672/3731 – Ricardo May 18 at 19:25

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