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I notice that in source2e.pdf, the Index section has a running header that intersects with the top of the main text on each page, like so:

(Actually, this seems to happen with some other sections, too, for example "Change History".)

This occurs both in the current version at http://www.tug.org/texmf-dist/doc/latex/base/source2e.pdf (permalink http://www.webcitation.org/5viCxJBr7) and in the ones included with MiKTeX 2.8 and 2.9.

What causes this -- is it something to do with the fact that these PDFs are using the A4 paper size rather than letter?

(And of course it would also be nice if somebody fixed it at some point...)

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What PDF software are you viewing it in? (But yeah, I see the problem too, in both evince and mupdf, though the version that came with my TeXlive install is fine.) – frabjous Jan 13 '11 at 21:26
The version on CTAN seems to have wrong margins in the appendix. I wonder why. – Caramdir Jan 13 '11 at 21:37
Well, I've tried both AcroRd32 and gsview32 (Ghostscript 9.00). – SamB Jan 14 '11 at 2:17
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the problem has been corrected in an update after the release of the tex live 2010 dvd. the updated version can be found in the current tex live repository, at http://tug.org/svn/texlive/trunk/Master/texmf-dist/doc/latex/base/source2e.pdf

it's best to use the tlmgr facility to update your local copy.

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Mmm, so I'm supposed to use tlmgr to update my copy of MiKTeX? Somehow, I'm a bit skeptical about the utility of attempting this :-). (And shouldn't the one on CTAN also be fixed?) – SamB Jan 24 '11 at 21:07

I can not see it. I run the document source for a4paper and for letter with pdflatex and always get the correct headings:

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But do you see it if you follow SamB's links? – Hendrik Vogt Jan 14 '11 at 9:49
@Hendrik: sure, I wanted to say that I cannot see it when running it from the source. – Herbert Jan 14 '11 at 9:52
Then it would indeed be interesting how they managed to get the wrong output. – Hendrik Vogt Jan 14 '11 at 9:55

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