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Journal of Statistical Software class breaks preview in AUCTeX

I'm using AUCTeX 11.86-11 on Debian stable. The jss.sty style file contained in the JSS style file zip archive breaks AUCTeX's preview for me even with a simple file. NOTE: the jsslogo.jpg file is ...
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Troubles with TeX Live 2009 and 2013

Well, before Christmas I was updating some software in my Ubuntu 12.04 installation, where I have happily installed TeX Live 2013 since last summer (I did it from an ISO image downloaded from the ...
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Strange result in plotting data using pgfplots

I'm trying to plot this: \begin{tikzpicture} \begin{axis}[ height=5cm, width=\linewidth] \addplot[smooth,blue] plot coordinates { (27,177) (28,223) (29,240) (30,227) ...
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TikZ dash pattern generates an offending PDF [closed]

Consider the following MWE: \documentclass{standalone} \usepackage{tikz} \begin{document} \def\dotsize{1} \def\spacesize{2} \def\linesize{4} \begin{tikzpicture}[% dash pattern=% on \dotsize pt ...
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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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Pgfplots fails to generate boxplots for some data set [closed]

I use pgfplots to generate boxplots, however with some small data sets as the following, I get an error message. speed 2 3 1 2 2 11 Here is the error message : Sorry, an ...
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The \show command displays not all command [duplicate]

The TeX-primitive \show displays text of a command but I observed that not all, say LaTeX's commands, have been exhibited by this way. Opinions and solutions of experts please.........
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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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Upper limit on the number of pause commands in a frame

Is there any upper limit on the number of pause commands in a frame in beamer, when it is used along with the \only<>{} command ?. I have a simple beamer example with 14 pause commands, but the ...
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How can \ifx\\\\ be false?

It appears that I have a case where \ifx\\#2\\ is false, even though #2 is empty. Here is the relevant excerpt from the log file, with \tracingcommands and \tracingmacros turned on: \lastpageref ...
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How to debug error message from luaotfload-database.lua

I am beginning to think it was a really bad idea to update to TeXLive 2013. Since this update almost none of my old documents compile any longer. Does anyone have any idea what LuaLaTeX is trying to ...
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How to report *amsart* bugs? (Looks like a bug to me.)

I have noticed the following strange behavior when using a custom counter in certain situations in amsart document class. Here is an example: \documentclass{amsart} \newcounter{exercise} ...
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Bug in polylongdiv?

\documentclass{article} \usepackage{polynom} \begin{document} \polylongdiv{x^4-1}{x^3+x^2} \end{document} It leaves out the first x in the quotient. How can I fix this?
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What is wrong with this macro-defining macro?

have this \newsetter macro that defines a "setter" macro (for lack of a better name) and a @-prefixed macro of the same name that holds the value. This is how is supposed to work: \newsetter\macro ...
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Strange problem with pythontex in TeX Live on Mac [duplicate]

When I launch tlmgr update --self in a terminal, I obtain the following error message : Unknown docfile tag: texmf-dist/doc/latex/pythontex/pythontex_quickstart.pdf details=""Quick start" ...
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References by BibTeX key name [duplicate]

I've seen Use BibTeX key as the cite key, and it's quite close to what I'm looking for, but doesn't quite make it - for a start I can't get biblatex to run over my document, and second What I'm ...
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How can I track down a bad spacing issue?

I use a rather complex class, built on top of extarticle with twocolumn option. It loads a lot of packages. One of them is floatrow. Sometimes, I get a very annoying error that can be seen in the ...
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Is there a list of common misleading errors and how to go about debugging the real problem

Yesterday I posted a question "My attempt to local redefine a command is failing and not sure why" which I really knew the answer to. But I was thrown by the error message I was getting and after ...
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How to go deep and debug the real error?

(/usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/thmtools/unique.sty Package: unique 2012/05/04 v63 \uniq@channel=\write6 \openout6 = `main.unq'. ) ! LaTeX Error: Missing \begin{document}. See the LaTeX ...
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Methods for debugging package conflicts

... that don't make me want to pull my (remaining) hair out. I'm preparing a long journal article with a wide array of necessary packages and a publisher-specific class file. In this specific case, ...
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Log all keys in a module

Using l3keys, is there any way to inspect the keys currently in a (sub)module? I'm looking for something like \clist_show, but for keys. \keys_show sounded promising, but requires that you already ...
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Latex image not found

running TeXnicCenter LaTex >> PDF produces the following error: LaTex warning: File 'Energy_Arc.png' not found. Output shows empty box where image should be (with same error as above written ...
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Error with $ when using math in TikZ figure [duplicate]

I am drawing some figures with TikZ for a beamer presentation. I want one figure to look something like this: Additionally, I want to add labels under the intervals (the sections in between ticks ...
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How to find the exact location of Type 3 fonts in PDF?

While generating PDFs, we often ends up with some Type 3 fonts. We can find the existence of Type 3 fonts in a PDF by providing pdffonts <filename.pdf>. Also, can find the exact page by giving ...
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Usage of final option with package animate

I'm currently animating some inline graphics (TikZ) on a beamer presentation with the animate package, and have come across some weird behavior. Since I still have lots of work to do, I set the ...
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ybar stacked interferes with tikz background

When I compile the following code with ybar stacked option and the request for newsprint background the compiler tells me ! Extra }, or forgotten \endgroup. \endpgfonlayer ->\endgroup \hss \egroup ...
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2013, year of the TeX bugs report. Will pdfTeX, XeTeX, etc. be changed accordingly?

Barbara Beeton said (TUGboat vol. 34, pag. 4): As noted on Don Knuth's TeX web pages, www-cs-faculty.stanford.edu/~knuth/abcde.html, he "intend[s] to check on purported bugs again in the ...
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Bad interaction between keycommand and environ?

I suspect the keycommand and environ packages are not playing nicely together, because the following code gives an error. Can anybody explain what's going on? \documentclass{article} ...
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Debugging a custom-bib bst file that crashes on book items

I created my own bibliography file with custom-bib (makebst), but when I run it with a reference to a book I get: $ bibtex PhD [...normal output] Database file #1: PhD.bib You can't pop an empty ...
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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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Strange issue after removing bug

I removed a bug in my LaTeX code. Now the section is bug free because it uses code from a Lamport book. But it still is included in the pdf after using pdflatex more than once. What is the problem? ...
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Standalone - \newlabel being written to .log instead of .aux

In my compiled document, which consists of many sub-documents using standalone, I have one sub-document in which the Figure references are undefined - they show up as ??. No MWE I've tried can ...
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My WinEdt can only debug one file

I came across a weird question... The thing is, suddenly without and reasons, I could only pdfTeXify one file in my WinEdt. As you know, we usually open lots of files which we have edited historically ...
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Why does loading pgfplots after tikz break the default layers in a tikzpicture?

Taking the MWE from Jake's answer to the question Background rectangles with equal width but 'fitting' height, I get an error when loading pgfplots after the tikz packages but not before. I'm assuming ...
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No %.aux file in a particular directory

I have the following line in my report.tex \include{intro/introduction} \include{prlm/preliminary} \include{svy/survey} and the corresponding directory structure. The directory structure is ...
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Ease the handling of labels

I want to ease the handling of labels in my document, and I want to show the label for a section if define a "variable". Currently I'm doing it like this Setting the up the "variable": ...
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Unexpected hung latex compilation with property list retrieval

This is very closely related to a previous question of mine. From the comments to this previous question, I understand that my approach here is completely wrong headed. So why bother post a ...
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Debugging TikZ and PGFPlots compatibility issue

I just tried to compile an old TikZ code (which as far as I recall compiled perfectly in the past and was not changed in the meanwhile) and I faced some serious compilation issues related to TikZ. ...
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Using \typeout behaviour different with \newtoks vs. \def

I feel as I really should know this, but sadly I don't. Why is the output of \typeout{\the\myToken} not the same as having it printed in the PDF as \the\myToken. No problem with a \def, just with ...
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Get current source line number

How can I get the current .tex source line number? I want to use it to generate useful error messages in a package I am writing. There are some errors that can only be detected at the end of the ...
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Install emerald font package on ubuntu

I tried to install the emerald font package on my ubuntu natty box. However if I compile a minimal example like (emerald.tex) \documentclass{article} \usepackage{emerald} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} ...
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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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Help me to debug long LaTex equations with errors

I want to learn debugging of long LaTeX equations like below: $\tau=\int\frac{dt}{\gamma} = \int\sqrt{1-\frac{v(t)^2}{c^2}}dt = ...
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Print macro output instead of executing

I am attempting to debug a Tikz/PGF script. I have a STY file that generates Tikz/PGF scripts, but the output graphic isn't quite what I want it to be. In order to debug the problem, I was hoping ...
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LaTeX debugging strategies and brace mismatching

What is the recommended way to track down brace mismatches in LaTeX? I have a large beamer presentation, but this equally applies to any other LaTeX work I've done. In other computer languages I've ...
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tikzpicture fails when externalization is enabled [closed]

In a document of mine I'm trying to use the external library. For the record, I downloaded the CVS version of TikZ, since I want the better update checks. Anyway, I have a figure in my code which ...
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TikZ datavisualization example fails

While trying an example from the datavisualization section of the current TikZ manual I get a strange error message. On my system I have the current MikTeX 2.9 and installed the CVS version of TikZ ...
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Biblatex 2.1 bug [closed]

After updating my texlive 2012 installation using tlmgr update --all --self the biblatex was updated to version 2.1 and biber to version 1.1. Now I cannot compile my document. I get the following ...
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How can I debug this problem with math typesetting? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: problem compiling some 'math' using LuaLaTeX While trying to write an equation it seems that the square root does not like particular elements. I tried to ...
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Debugging vertical space on top of page (section inside a custom biblatex cite command)?

Please consider the following MWE, compiled with lualatex test.tex (+ bibtex test + lualatex test.tex): \documentclass[twoside,a4paper]{book} \usepackage{lua-visual-debug} \usepackage{lipsum} ...