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How to make biber 1.9 also print the debug information in the log file?

I've switched from bibtex to biber and I was struggling with some errors. During those problems (see biblatex error: invalid format of field 'date' - what's wrong? and biber: Caught ...
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Splitting macros to individual tokens/characters, with catcode (to debug conditionals)?

Consider this MWE, modified from ifthenelse equal string comparison fails: \documentclass{article} \edef\test{german\relax} \edef\curentry{\string german\relax} \typeout{test: \meaning\test, ...
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“Misplaced \noalign” error with datatool

Attempting to compile the following file gives the following error: ! Misplaced \noalign. \pagebreak ->\noalign {\ifnum `}=0\fi \@testopt {\LT@no@pgbk -}4 l.47 \end{letter} ...
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Compiling documentation of a package

I have extracted the documentation of the longtable package and I want to compile it alone. By extracting the documentation I mean that I have copied the .dtx file from the \maketitle to the end and ...
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Undefined control sequence \fnwidth

I want to do this: \myhref{http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/TeX}{\TeX} but it gives me the error ! Undefined control sequence. argument \fnwidth l.10 ...
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Problems with tilde (~) and line breaking

I'm trying to avoid a line break between the word "Table" and the number reference for that table. Following the advice of another Q&A, I went through my whole document and replaced all spaces ...
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Vanishing text?

I have a document, in which one of the lines in the pdf file is missing all but the first word. The obvious thing to do is try to prepare a minimal example that reproduces the problem. This is not ...
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htlatex adding _ after - in URLs

I'm using htlatex on Fedora 21, texlive-tex4ht-svn33024.0-1.1 I noticed that whenever a URL has a hyphen within it, in the HTML output it's formatted with an underscore symbol following -. For ...
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Is there a bracket missing in teubner.sty? [closed]

When TeXifying files where I use teubner.sty, LaTeX complains Runaway argument? {\setcounter {verso}{##1}\def \writ@verso {\count 255=\value {verso}\divide \ETC . ! File ended while scanning use of ...
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tabu package - gaps in vertical lines

I'm in the unfortunate situation that I have to make a table in LaTeX which has thick vertical lines. Since this does not seem to be possible with the default tabular environment, I chose the tabu ...
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Too many math alphabets used in version normal when using 4 packages only

This one is very strange. After much struggle, I narrowed it down to some combination of 4 packages. When I comment any one of these 4 packages, the error goes away. MWE ...
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Could not use \rule in chapter title in latest texlive

Using XeLaTeX In texlive 2014 (versions before May or texlive 2013 or older), one can use \rule{width}{height} in a chapter title. However, in latest texlive (versions after June) form ctan, use of ...
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How to remove unwanted asterisk that appears in margin when multibib is used with custom Section command?

Background - I'm modifying a fairly well documented LaTex CV to build my own. All works well, till I tried to add publications using the multibib package (using this answer in Tex.SE). When I ...
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Overwrite \def to check if the command exists?

LyX supports math-macros, but sadly when passed to the latex processor, they are defined by a \def rather than a newcommand. I have found overwriting commands (e.g. using \def\v{\mathbf{v}}) to ...
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LaTeX: display hyphenation and justification problems

(At least) The article, report and book classes support the option draft, which displays hyphenation and justification problems with a black square, but also does not load figures. I could have the ...
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Error: paragraph ended before … was complete

I'm quite lost. I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong below. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{amsmath,amssymb} \makeatletter \newcommand\aermb[1]{\def\ae@i@r{#1}\ae@rmb} \def\ae@rmb{%% ...
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Debugging help, something about an end note

I am getting this error [275 ] ! Argument of \@doanenote has an extra }. <inserted text> \par l.726 {citation} ? This raises a number of questions: What is causing ...
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Newcommand leads to no error nor output

I'm writing a wrapper for some output. I have to files, beamer.tex which has content as % !TEX encoding = UTF-8 Unicode \documentclass{beamer} % add page numbers for malmoe \newcommand*\oldmacro{}% ...
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Italic numbers using Linux Libertine

I'm trying to typeset a document using xelatex with main font Linux Libertine. Here's the minimal working example: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{fontspec} \setromanfont[ Ligatures = TeX, ...
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Debug log the text returned via tex.sprint() and friends?

Is there an easy way to see what text was sent from Lua to TeX via tex.sprint(), tex.print(), and tex.write()? (e.g., print it to stdout or log it to the .log file)
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Metapost “odd” operator fails with negative value?

Has anyone else noticed that in Metapost the odd operator appears to fail with negative numbers? Here's my test program (which works with both Metafont and Metapost). for i=-2 upto 2: show(i); ...
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Dump command as readable text?

Is it possible to dump the expanded form of a command as text? E.g. when I write a macro \newcommand{\mytest}[1]{\texttt{#1}} I would want to define a macro \mydump such that ...
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Determine File Name and Line Number Where a Macro is Invoked From

Wondering if there is any way to print out (for debugging purposes) the file name and the line number from where a macro is invoked (not where it is defined). My attempt to use the currfile package ...
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Kile error compiling .bib not appearing in .blg

I keep having trouble while compiling the bibliography with Kile. I get the following error message: File ended while scanning the use of \thebibliography \bibliography{HKR} \begin{thebibliography} ...
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Redefine \newcommand to insert code at start and end of custom macros

I would like to be able to insert code into the definitions of my custom macros, without having to modify each macro definition. This seemed like a simple case of redefining \newcommand, but this ...
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Debugging Advice: Dimension too large (Need stack trace)

Background: I am stuck on a "Dimension too large" problem which is occurring during index generation. This is a large index of links to files (along with other related information), and am sure the ...
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Highlighting labels of undefined citations? [duplicate]

I am wanting 'cite' entries that don't have a corresponding 'bibitem' entry to show up in red, along with the name of the missing reference label. I had found a forum entry that suggested a solution, ...
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testing parameter values with \ifx

Let's say that I would like to redefine \@seccntformat so that whenever the section counter is printed, it is prefixed by Section, but other counters should no be changed. Here is my failed attempt: ...
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Displaying plus and minus of a length

I know that \the\somelength will show me the value of \somelength. But how do I find out what the current stretch on that length is? For instance, if I have \setlength{\footnotesep}{10 pt plus 5pt ...
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What happened to bibtex? [duplicate]

I have a manuscript which looks like: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{amsmath, amsthm, amssymb} \begin{document} [...] \cite{ref} [...] \cite{anotherref} [...] ...
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Possible to run a handler / callback function, when a macro (\inputlineno) changes value/definition?

I was thinking about the debugging procedure I went through in How come the tilde ~ sometimes does not behave like non-breaking space? - basically, to find out where did the macro ~ change, I had to ...
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How come the tilde ~ sometimes does not behave like non-breaking space?

This is again one of the behaviors that are quite difficult to catch in a reconstructible (and simple) example, so one has to resort to animations. Basically, the issue is this: the tilde (~) is ...
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Hyperlinking theorems in smfart

Edit: The class smfart is one of several classes created by the Société Mathématique de France for typesetting mathematics. Here is its CTAN page, where it lies under smflatex, and here is the ...
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Discovering which (La)Tex element is shown by lua-visual-debug (print to stdout)?

I am trying to troubleshoot what happens in the code in Wrong placement (and/or size) of picture / plot with groupplot of table?. So I added \usepackage{lua-visual-debug} to that example, and built it ...
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How to debug the “Argument of \XC@definec@lor has an extra }” error in Foreach statement? [duplicate]

First, I draw three nodes each of which has three parts. Everything is OK. The code and the image are as follows. \documentclass{article} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} \usepackage[]{tikz} ...
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Error persists after removing the code

I accidentally added an erroneous backslash to a code in the equation environment. Even after removing it - in fact even after removing the whole line - the error persists. ! Undefined control ...
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TikZ error for externalized graphics but output is correct

This is not an MWE per se, but it is the code I boiled the problem down to. Note: it does not produce an error. The issue is that once I somehow managed to get an error for any TikZ or pgfplots ...
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Sudden vertical spacing in latex document with MDPI template

Using the MDPI journal stylesheet (http://www.mdpi.com/authors/latex), I encounter a sudden vertical spacing after some equation followed by arbitrary text. Here's my document header, as well as the ...
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File ended while scanning use of \@footnotetext [closed]

I spell-checked my document, but somehow I must've added or deleted some '}' or something because LaTeX can't compile past a certain page, giving the error: Runaway argument? {J. Clerk Maxwell\index ...
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Koma script captionbeside topbeside alignment question

Code based on the example of scrguien 3.12 (2013-12-19) page 122 gives bad result. Code: \documentclass[captions=topbeside]{scrbook} \usepackage[english]{babel} \begin{document} \begin{figure} ...
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Extra blank page with Bayesian Analysis journal style file

See the following MWE, which uses the Bayesian Analysis journal style file.. \documentclass[bib]{ba} \inserttype[ba0001]{article} \begin{document} \title[Short Version]{Long Version} ...
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Biblatex field values and comparisons

I would like to change the behavior of printing author names based on the hash field in biblatex. This mwe should demonstrate what I am having difficulty understanding. MWE: \documentclass{article} ...
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I cannot determine the error between hyperref and hypdvips

Look at the following Minimal Non Working Example. It's not correct, because the output pdf will be created. Nevertheless the logfile produces an error. It took me a lot of time and I am still not ...
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Goto or jump command in LaTeX?

The answer to this is probably "no", but I just wanted to make sure... (also, I'm not trying to get into the whole "gotos are evil" debate :)). Basically, one of the things that irritates me in my ...
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htlatex interrupted at '\:temp{rm}'

Using TL2013, I cannot compile documents with htlatex anymore. For example, using: \documentclass{scrbook} \begin{document} test \end{document} I get: $ htlatex test.tex This is pdfTeX, ...
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Why does the setspace package change my fancyhdr design?

After hours of debugging, I finally found out that the header of my bibliography's last page is changed by using spacing in the text. Now my world is turned upside down. Please have a look at this ...
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Debugging font shape undefined in TeXShop

I am a LaTeX newbie on a Mac running OS X Mavericks, TexShop 3.26 and MacTeX-2013. I am writing a document and I keep getting the following warning: LaTeX Font Warning: Font shape `T1/phvr/m/n' ...
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I need some help debugging this LaTeX macro - TeX “skips past” a bunch of code?

I'm trying to test and debug a collection of LaTeX macros that I've been working on, and I have run into a problem that has me totally stumped. Essentially, the problem is that at a certain point in a ...
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File location containing the shortcuts of LyX [duplicate]

Is there an editable file that contains all the shortcut a user introduces to LyX (additionally to the standart shortcuts) ? I already looked in cua.bind and my shortcuts aren't there. This whole ...
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pdfcrop results in fmtutils.cnf not found

I just tried pdfcrop but it results in an error message telling me that the file fmtutil.cnf was not found. The complete error message is: pdfcrop testfile.pdf PDFCROP 1.38, 2012/11/02 - Copyright ...