# Spacing between footnotes and footnote mark

The school I attend requires that footnotes be single spaced with a blank line in between. That is easy enough with \footnotesep, but the first footnote has to be close to the footnote mark. Not sure how to do this.

\documentclass{report}
\usepackage[doublespacing]{setspace}
\footnotesep\baselineskip

\begin{document}
This is a trial run of setspace for doublespaceing main body text. I also need
a blank line between singlespaced footnotes with the first footnote as close to the footnote marker as possible.\footnote{sample}
This would be great if it will work.\footnote{sample}
\end{document}


Tried to add image but won't let new user. Sorry

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It would be helpful if you provided a minimal example file that shows what problem(s) remain after you've fiddled with \footnotesep. –  jon Nov 6 '12 at 10:46
Well, a simple hack would be to delay re-defining the \footnotesep until after the first footnote is called. Try putting the redefinition right before your second footnote and see if that works. –  jon Nov 6 '12 at 12:19
This isn't a very minimal MWE -- indeed, without the bibliography it won't compile. Couldn't you demonstrate your problem with simple \footnote commmands? Your question will get more attention if people can easily reproduce your issue. –  Paul Stanley Nov 6 '12 at 12:28
I am new to LaTeX. I just cut and pasted the code, didn't even think about the changes I had to make to get historian to sync up with biblatex. I will be more cognizant in future posts. Thanks for the help and guidance. Your post below seems to be what I am looking for. –  Ben Nov 6 '12 at 13:40

I think you can achieve this by cheating how the \footnoterule works, since it gets placed before any footnote on the page.

\let\oldfootnoterule\footnoterule
\def\footnoterule{\oldfootnoterule\vspace{-0.5\baselineskip}}


You may need to play with the exact value to get it to your liking

Before:

After:

My only hesitation is that I always find footnotes to be a dark art, and although this looks OK, someone may tell you it has an unwanted side-effect!

(I'm not sure that my preference wouldn't be simply to remove the rule altogether, then nobody would notice the issue ...)

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