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Figure environments randomly not appearing based on layout

I'm including figures the same way I always have (previously without error), something like: \begin{figure} \centering \includegraphics[width=0.5\textwidth]{../figures/fig21_total} \caption{} ...
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Bad interaction between titlesec/titleps and packages that use \markboth internally

The following MWE renders to a two-page document. The second page has the word FIGURES in all caps in both the header and the footer, contrary to the page style specification. ...
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How to know variable values in tikz for debugging

I am pretty fresh to tikz and I am trying to create a not-so-simple picture. I am also using the calc package with the let command, but the final figure is not the desired one. Therefore, I need to ...
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Error arising when using \typeout & \meaning with \midrule

In order to facilitate debugging some experimental code, I created a version of \typeout that will break its content into multiple lines: %% dummy macro for simulating newlines in output to terminal ...
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How to find the lost text part when having “Float(s) lost” error

I've lost some text. I don't know if theres something missing, so how can I find it? I'm not in the mood to compare the chapter1.tex to the pdf file by reading both. Chapter 1 (chapter1.tex) is rather ...
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Bug: biblatex can not deal name prefix like “van der ”, Miktex updated on 2016.01.16

Firstly, hello everyone. I am new here : ) I am writing my phd thesis using MikTeX + TeXnicCenter and everything goes well, until I have updated MikTeX today. My Problem: The program gives an error ...
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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. Edit : following ...
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Which file is really used with \input command

how to know which file is included when we use the command \input if we have many files with the same name in various directories
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Faulty opacity coloring in TikZ

Lately I've been having trouble with the colors in TikZ. When using opacity, the original color completely changes (red > blue-ish, yellow > green). Honestly I have no idea of the cause, but this ...
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Example of LaTeX code that does not compile [duplicate]

In the excellent answer by egreg to the question How Does Latex Know the Page Number of a Reference he said that [t]his is not completely foolproof and there are examples around of cleverly ...
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“Missing { inserted” after adding tilde

I'm trying to add a tilde over some letters of an equation. Yet, the program tells me that Missing { inserted. <to be read again> \gdef l.253 ...B =\widetilde{b}+ \widetilde{A} x_\bar{b} ...
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How can I produce the output of a carriage return in a \message?

It's all in the title. How is it possible to output a carriage return in a \message. For debugging purposes, I need to get readable messages. The obvious doesn't work : \message{A\cr B} outputs A\cr B ...
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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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Does pdfTex produce warnings when it doesn't find the word hyphenation pattern?

In my document I use babel package and load several languages for correct hyphenation. \usepackage[icelandic, latin, czech]{babel} I add manually words that babel package doesn't know. ...
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How to debug visually underfull hboxes? [duplicate]

Is there a visual way how to debug underfull hboxes?
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LaTeX Bug after miktex update

Calling the MWE.tex \documentclass{scrreprt} \begin{document} test \end{document} compiling this MWE with latex MWE.tex => success latex -recorder MWE.tex => latex hangs up (latex funktioniert ...
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Google docs to TeX and pdf shell script produces a blank first page, and gives me a “! LaTeX Error: Missing \begin{document}.” error

I made a shell script, Ubuntu 14.04 (taking ideas from google docs as team editor) to grab a google docs file and convert it to LaTeX, compile with LaTeXmk to PDF and then open the pdF with evince as ...
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Identification of the directlua chunk where an error occurred

In the wiki page http://wiki.luatex.org/index.php/Writing_Lua_in_TeX there is a promising solution to identify between the different lua(TeX) chunks: \directlua {<lua code>} \directlua name ...
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minted fails with breaklines and obeytabs

The following example with a minted enviroment fails with the error message _minted-test/7587C145B52367AE51CACC4AFB0EC13D2F785CCAC2A2CC760CA216BD1781DF79.pygtex:3: Extra }, or forgotten \endgroup. [ ...
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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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Latex \tracing commands list?

Often I need to recall the different \tracing commands; and a couple of times I stumbled on some webpages that worked fine for me; sadly, I didn't keep them, and my searches don't take me there ...
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Automatic referencing of figure subpanels in Latex

I'm trying to have figure legends to multi-panelled figures and reference to the individual subpanels from the text. When I rearrange the panels I don't want to go through all the text and change the ...
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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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How solve: Underfull \vbox (badness 6876) has occurred while \output is active

I am solving all my warnings/errors in my document. I have solved everything except for 2: Underfull \vbox (badness 6876) has occurred while \output is active [18] and Underfull \vbox ...
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Debugging in LaTeX: debugging walkthrough with specific example

I am not new to LaTeX, but I have never really written an actual LaTeX script and so I have trouble debugging the one I have. I will post the specific problem, so there is something I can grab unto, ...
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Compilation Error “! Missing \endcsname inserted” The control sequence marked <to be read again> should not appear between \csname and \endcsname

here's my thesis Latex files: http://www.mediafire.com/download/c7q8z4v6gv864rk/triet_thesis_clean.rar Please help me to fix the error, I've tried all the things I can find with Google :( : ! ...
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Problem with tikz externalize and automatic solutions

I am using a solution environment for exercise sheets as proposed by @egreg some years ago: http://tex.stackexchange.com/a/39566/4011. However if I combine it with the tikz externalize library, it ...
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Revisiting TIPA and Fontspec

fontspec does not generally play nicely with TIPA these days. My intention in this question is to find out what exactly is causing the problem. In attempting to diagnose the problem, I began with the ...
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Debugging a particular customization of makeindex

I have the following code based on the answer http://tex.stackexchange.com/a/266033. Unfortunately when I compile the document I get the error ! Missing \endcsname inserted.` <to be read ...
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Sublime Text 3 LatexTools

I just installed ST3 and installed the LatexTools package using Package control. Everything seems to have gone fine except when I compile using CMD+b nothing seems to happen. On the terminal I get ...
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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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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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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 [closed]

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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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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“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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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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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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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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Latex finding underfull hboxes [closed]

I got an underfull hbox in my document which I can't find. The log tells me it's in line 3-3 which is \input{costumshortcuts} which I haven't changed in ages. So is there a way to find it? Or even ...
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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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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 ...