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In the minimal example pasted below I would like to have:

  • left margin on even pages = 1.5cm
  • right margin on odd pages = 1.5cm

(understood as absolute values, not added to/substracted from default settings)

How do I have to set \oddsidemargin, \evensidemargin and/or \hoffset?

\documentclass[11pt, a4paper]{book}
% hoffset, oddsidemargins, evensidemargins = ???


EDIT: fancyhdr added!

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Why not use the geometry package?

  includehead=false,% Default
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Question: Are there any implications of this package for the rest of the document? Does the geometry package interfere with other packages, e.g. fancyhdr? see edited original post! – lpdbw Aug 1 '12 at 9:31
@lpdbw: geometry is a very mature, de-facto standard package. If you use fancyhdr, load it after geometry -- see tex.stackexchange.com/questions/33874/… – lockstep Aug 1 '12 at 9:35
If I add the header from my original post (note: it was edited!) to your code (after geometry) I get an error. – lpdbw Aug 1 '12 at 9:37
@lpdbw You forgot to load fancyhdr, plus there's a (unknown to me) \truncate macro. I edited my MWE (which works for me). – lockstep Aug 1 '12 at 9:40
Yes, you're right. Sorry, was my fault! What does includehead=false mean? Does the top margin become slightly bigger if I change it to includehead=true? I tried it but the difference (if any) seems to be minimal ... – lpdbw Aug 1 '12 at 9:45

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