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How can I include a new command in \input

I'm trying to variate the file name by creating a newcommand \lbname in LaTeX. by printing out \lbname, I got lo3.txt in this case, but it wouldn't work in \input command. I get an error "TeX capacity ...
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Incompatibility with french option in babel after last upgrade of Texlive [duplicate]

After upgrading just now my TexLive with TexUtility, I got an incompatibility with french in babel Here is my MWE \documentclass[11pt,a4paper,oneside]{amsart} \usepackage[frenchb]{babel} ...
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Debugging problem

I'm trying to find the bug in this code \documentclass[a4paper,12pt]{book} \usepackage{times} \usepackage[francais]{babel} \usepackage{amsmath} \usepackage{amssymb} \usepackage{amsthm} ...
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Read value of \KOMAoption for debugging purposes

I believe that something in my preamble does an unwished change on a \KOMAoption. In order to debug the latex code, I'd like to localize the problem by dumping the current value of this \KOMAoption. ...
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Invalid page tree PDF [closed]

I have a generated LaTeX (python scripts, getting data from different sources) document which is then compiled into a pdf with pdfLaTeX. Generally the structure of the document is the following ...
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Elusive bug when using mathalfa with amsart

I got a strange bug using the two aforementioned packages when I try to build the TOC. The bug happens only after I typeset twice with pdfLaTeX and forbids me to build the TOC. Here is my MWE: ...
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Why does this elementary Asymptote code returns an error?

I have spent several hours on understanding why my code eventually produced an error (for a large enough number of loops). I reduced the problem to the following MWE: file fout=stdout; // to write on ...
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Debug: How to print bibtex key? (Like showkeys prints labels?)

I want to print the bibtex key being cited, just like the showkeys package prints the label names, above the text where it appears, maybe in color. I do NOT want to change the cite format in the text ...
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Strange rendering bug when using LuaLaTeX, Polyglossia, Cambria/Consolas font and/or texttt

I’ve found a rather strange bug, where the letter ‘å’ is sometimes (though very rarely) incorrectly rendered when using LuaLaTex. I’ve managed to reduce it to the following minimal document exhibiting ...
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pdflatex from texlive enters infinite loop

I'm working on a text that makes `pdflatex (from texlive) enter an infinite loop. After experimenting for a while I got a minimum working example, which I show below: \documentclass{article} ...
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elsarticle vs newclude vs bibliography

Consider the MWE below. If we use article + newclude the bibliography works, elsarticle + newclude it does not. My advise to the user to came by with this issue was not to use newclude, but now I'm ...
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Debugging BMC LaTeX template for personal use

I use the BMC LaTeX templates for my own documents, but it always throws the warning: Overfull \hbox (1.0pt too wide) has occurred while \output is active And I just don't know where it comes ...
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Is it possible to redefine the white space command?

I would like to replace the white space (full space entered by pressing "space" any number of times on the keyboard or by hitting enter) by something else. Let's say, a rule of the same width. Is ...
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Shadings/fadings (apparent) bug in Tikz [duplicate]

This is the second time it's happening and the first time it went away by itself, so this time I thought that it was a matter of rebooting my system, or maybe an issue with the default PDF viewer. ...
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Bug in includegraphics [duplicate]

I have an image (image.pdf, http://www.solidfiles.com/d/d8874ce2ff/). This is how the image looks like: And this small TeX code: \documentclass{standalone} \usepackage{graphics} \begin{document} ...
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What does this \begin{document} error mean?

Code \documentclass{article} \usepackage{caption}; \usepackage{longtable}; \usepackage{booktabs} \begin{document} Discussion. \begin{longtable}[c]{@{}ll@{}} \caption{People and their roles in ...
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How to \show the code of the command \autoref? [duplicate]

Edit: I think this is a duplicate of How can I see the "implementation" of the \LaTeX command? . I wanted to see the code for the hyperref \autoref command, so created this simple document: ...
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What is a good debugging procedure to fix undefined citations?

I have a small example that has undefined citations problems. I want to solve these problems, but I've encountered similar problems before and don't have a good debugging procedure for them (I've ...
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Mysterious horizontal rule in custom class file

I am working on a customized class file for a journal project, and the output PDF is not what it should be. Here is a link to the customized class file I have been modifying: ...
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Is there an incompatibility between collcell, longtable, and/or arydshln?

In the past (may be last year or so), I have used these three packages together successfully (and produced a conditionally colored long table). That tex file still compiles nicely; however, the ...
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How to find out why xetex hangs for seconds at innocent pages?

Compiling a 130 pages long report with xelatex takes my PC about 4 seconds, of which at least 1 second is spent at one particular page, and some more time at a later page. The page where most time is ...
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Label at the end of document is lost, bug?

I'm having a long document in memoir at the end of which I set a label, and so far it has worked. I did some changes to my document, at unrelated places, and suddenly I'm getting the warning that that ...
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! Missing number, treated as zero. <to be read again> error with makeglossaries

I'm getting these two errors after compile with makeglossary. If I compile my .tex file with PDFLatex->makeindex->PDFLatex runs without problem but if I change this command series to ...
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Peculiar bug, what is causing it?

I tried typesetting a couple of times but still got the above result. Wiping line 26 and typing it all over again fixed it though, but my question is: Do you think this a bug in my editor (Texpad) ...
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Center text inside special indentation environment with \addtolength

I want to center the sentences "Firma del jurado" but \begin{center} doesn't work. How can I center these sentences? {\addtolength{\leftskip}{0.5\textwidth} Nota de aceptación:\newline\\ ...
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Line filled with \dotfill doesn't appear

I'm using the \dotfill command inside a special indentation block but I can't see the dots This is the relevant piece of code: {\addtolength{\leftskip}{0.5\textwidth} Nota de aceptación:\newline ...
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siunitx: why is there a value in \num{} with empty argument?

I accidentally stumbled upon the following Problem: If I use the \num command of the siunitx package and leave the argument empty like \num{}, I get a value in my pdf output and it seems to ...
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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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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} ...