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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. –  cgnieder 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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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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