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My memoir document has a relatively narrow typeblock (90mm) and a wide margin (55mm) for annotations, with a \marginparsep of 15mm.
I want the footer to cover both the typeblock and the annotation block, so it should be 90+15+55=160mm wide.
When I try to do this with \makerunningwidth, the footer is extended in both margins:

\makerunningwidth{test}{160mm} % typeblock + \marginparsep + \marginparwidth

\section{Section heading}
Hello. \marginpar{\kant[40]}\kant[1-5]

How can I extend the footer only in the direction of the edge, leaving the spine margin untouched?

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You should have a look at the Ruled page style in the memoir source. You need this:

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This helped for me, thanks! – Wybo May 17 '12 at 10:15
It works, but there seems to be a bug here: the footer always follows the header; you can't handle footers differently from headers; so arguments 4 and 5 don't seem to work. – Wybo May 17 '12 at 10:27
You may need the optional argument: \makerunningwidth{test}[160mm]{90mm}, as a wild guess, to set the widths for header and footer to different values. Beware of what you wish for, as it may turn out hideous :). – Brent.Longborough May 17 '12 at 16:41
no, I don't want this for know, the reason for my comment was to report that \makeheadposition can do without its last two arguments - they do nothing. Maybe they should, but then it's a bug. – Wybo May 19 '12 at 8:06
The macro is badly named, the last two are for the footers, the first two for the headers – daleif May 20 '12 at 10:12

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