{loops} is about looping constructs which allow a programmer to apply the same operation multiple times, each time with possibly different parameters.

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How to programmatically make tabular rows using `\whiledo` ?

The following code snippet does not work: \documentclass{minimal} \usepackage{longtable} \usepackage{ifthen} \newcounter{xyz} \setcounter{xyz}{0} \begin{document} \begin{longtable}{|*2{c|}} \hline ...
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How to iterate over a comma separated list?

How can I iterate, loop, process, or otherwise do something, with each element from a comma separated list of things? This question has been asked perhaps many many times, and the are already lots of ...
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Want to fill line with repeating string

Similar to the \dotfill command, but with your own text, rather than dots. If the string was: kitty! The entire line would look like the following: ...
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Inserting figures using loops

I have a set of pictures in my working directory and I want to make a PDF report using these images. I want to include all of them, but the number of the pictures changes in each case. I would like to ...
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Typesetting the entire Song That Never Ends

I've heard that LaTeX (and for that matter TeX) are Turing-complete, so it should be possible to produce an infinite loop. And indeed, a quick search reveals several questions in which users have ...
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Delete an element from a comma delimited list

LaTeX's low-level programming is poorly documented and the section on what is called control commands is even more so. LaTeX provides the \@for macro. This works by repeatedly assigning list items ...
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“For loop” in newcommand

I have this command \newcommand{\pdfappendix}[1]{ \includegraphics[scale=0.6]{pdf/#1.pdf} } It works well when I have 1 page pdf but is not including the other pages. Now I decided to change ...
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Use a loop to generate a list for another (foreach) loop

Is it possible to use a loop to generate a list for a foreach loop? More specifically I want the following: Consider the following answer to a question I asked some time ago: ...
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What's the difference between the various methods for producing for loops?

I've been wondering about the various methods available for looping over a comma separated list and the like. In particular, I was wondering about their various strengths and weaknesses. In other ...
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How to decrease the counter in tikz foreach loop

I have the following code: \documentclass[11pt]{article} \usepackage[a4paper]{geometry} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} \usepackage[english]{babel} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{positioning} ...
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Repeating a block of text until it fills a page

Might I please have some help with writing a loop that repeats a block of text as many times as there is remaining space for it on the page? I would like to produce an notebook in TeX which is ...
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using foreach to draw a chain with a branch

This is an extension to How to draw the border of a node using late options I'm drawing a chain of nodes with different colors using foreach from tikz. Now I want to add a branch, also using foreach. ...
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naming paths inside a TikZ foreach loop

Is it possible to create named paths inside a foreach loop with the name depending on the counter? I want to write something like \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} ...
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Color all vowels differently in a LaTeX document

Is it possible to give the letters a,e,i,o,u,y a different color in a piece of text? For instance, color all the a's red, the e's blue, the i's green, etc. EDIT: Without doing it manually of course.
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Teach me how to use \loop…\repeat constructs, etc

The following code snippet is a part of the solution given here: \def\IncludeOutput#1{ \parskip=2mm \def\examplename{#1} \pdfximage{\Directory/\examplename.pdf}% ...
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How to break out of a loop

I have been trying to automate the production of stepped tables that contain conversion factors of all sorts. (See Protrusion of fractions in tabulars). As part of this I have a rather convoluted ...
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Create a document looping through images

I have about a hundred images named 001.png to 123.png. I want to create a document which includes each image in center of a page. i.e. a 123 page document with each image on a single page. I know ...
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problem with using loop inside the tabular environment

I am having trouble with using a loop inside a tabular environment: \newcounter{it} \setcounter{it}{0} \begin{tabular}{ll} \loop\ifnum\theit<4 \addtocounter{it}{1} Q & A\\ \repeat ...
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How to get the list of predefined colors in xcolor such that the list can be used in foreach looping?

I need to get the list of predefined colors in xcolor. Hard-coding as follows is not a good coding practice. \documentclass[dvipsnames,cmyk]{minimal} \parindent=0pt \usepackage{pstricks} ...
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How to define macros in a foreach loop with effects between iterations and after the loop without using global?

Without using \global, the following code: \documentclass{minimal} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} \usepackage{tikz} \usepackage{etextools} \newcommand\appendbyforeach[2]{% ...
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How to determine the run time of a loop?

pdfTeX, provides two macros that can be used to determine the time elapsed from a run start. The first one determines the elapsed time in "scaled seconds", that means seconds divided by 65536. ...
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Understanding a \@for loop

I'm having trouble with a \@for loop. I've got a macro that takes a comma delimited list and puts each element into a row of an array. When I do this using a \@for loop, I get an extra row that I ...
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PGF/TikZ: How to store strings in array?

I'm trying to generate a lot of name badges. I'm wondering, is it possible to store the names as strings in one array, according to the PGF manual: ...
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Separators for author group (IF conditon)

I am new to LaTeX, just a beginner, basically a Perl developer. I have created a LaTeX file \begin{document} \cont{\iname{\isurname{Name1}\ifname{K. C. G.}}\iname{\isurname{Name11}\ifname{Y. ...
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How can I label TikZ-graphs on four vertices with a loop?

I need to draw all these simple labelled graphs on four vertices. Anyway, can I do this in a quick manner with a loop? And put them in an array? I have already drawn all unlabelled simple graphs on ...
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Package PGF Math Error: Sorry, an internal routine of the floating point unit

This type of error (! Package PGF Math Error: Sorry, an internal routine of the floating point unit got an ill-formatted floating point number ...) arises when trying to use a predefined list for the ...
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\foreach not behaving in axis environment

Am hesitant to ask yet one more embarrassing question, but I can't seem to see the problem with the \foreach in the MWE. It should produce several horizontal lines but only produces the one with the ...
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LaTeX algorithmic package: Undefined Control Sequence in for-Loop

I'm trying to specify an algorithm in pseudocode in a LaTeX document, but I'm having trouble with the for-Loop. My statement: \for{$bin=0 to binCount$} \item blablabla \endfor keeps on generating ...
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How to detect a blank line inserted by TeX when reading an external file line by line?

I want to make a macro to import all TeX input files in a directory in which the input file containing the macro exists. When reading an external file, TeX appends a blank line to the last iteration. ...
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Comma delimited list - how to obtain the length?

It's simple. I have a list like {0,1,54,1,3} as input argument to a command in making. How can I obtain the length of this list? Something like \length(#1) where #1 is the list.
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Variables in TikZ

I use TikZ to draw graphics in LaTeX. I'd like to do arithmetic on variables. For example I haves nodes named after N-1 and N-2 and I'd like to create the N-3 and N-4 nodes as +2 from the first nodes. ...
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Dynamically define commands

I have some latex code that goes a bit like this: % Sp defines a generic command for an arbitrary space, % and all of the others just delegate the bulk of their % work to it so that when I decide to ...
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Function to define how many lines to be displayed

I have just made a command in my own document class wherein if I type: \mline it would automatically output 5 lines only. My problem would be producing lines by just defining how many lines I want to ...
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LaTeX for loop \@for

In user700902's answer to this thread, a for-loop with the syntax \@for is used. How does this syntax work? I tried searching about for-loops on other websites, but I could only find something like ...
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Continuing a TikZ animation with \onslide after a \foreach loop

I want to produce an animation in a tikzpicture environment in Beamer. The animation consists in a series of slides produced by combining \foreach and \onslide, which works fine. I then want to ...
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Adding PDF pages with \includegraphics using a loop

I need to include PDF pages with \includegraphics. I know there is the package \usepackage{pdfpages}. So this is what I have: \begin{picture}(0,0)(75,272.5) ...
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Defining new commands inside a for loop

I would like to define a number of related commands by using the counter in a for-loop. For example, I want to define 26 commands like this: \newcommand{\calA}{{\cal A}} \newcommand{\calB}{{\cal B}} ...
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Iterating through two lists

I have two comma delimited lists: ListA(a,b,c,d,e,f,g) and ListB(name1,name2,name3,name4,name5) I would like to iterate through both lists at the same time, something like: loop readvalue ...
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Loop for includegraphics

I try to make multiple slides in beamer with 3 figures on each slide and the title. I would like to loop through the list/array of figures and set the frame title. The name of the figure files and the ...
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How to create lists in tikz

I would like to create lists and use them in tikz \foreach loops. Example: \newcommand{\createSquareList}[1]{ this is the part I do not know } \foreach \n in \createSquareList{5} { % do ...
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TikZ: drawing an evolution of an ellipse to a hyperbola with the same focus

Is there a high speed way to draw the evolution of an ellipse, to a parabola, and then into a few hyperbolas with the same focus? From the picture, we see that we start out with three elliptical ...
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Compare two comma separated lists

Hi I would like to compare two comma separated lists. \documentclass[a4paper]{article} \usepackage{comment} \usepackage{ifthen} \usepackage{xargs} \usepackage{xkeyval} \usepackage{xfor} ...
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looping in tabular

I am curious to know why the following failed. A similar thread is on comp.text.tex unanswered. Of course, other manipulations of \whileexpr work, but why does this fail? \documentclass{article} ...
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How to get rid of these excessive rules?

\documentclass{article}%cannot be minimal \usepackage{longtable} \usepackage{ifthen, xspace} \newcounter{xyz} \setcounter{xyz}{1} \def\and{&\xspace} \begin{document} ...
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Why does the package babel[french] destroy \@for loops?

Why does this minimal example code: \documentclass{article} \usepackage[francais]{babel} \begin{document} \def\names{Toto,Titi,Tete,Tutu} \makeatletter \@for\next:=\names\do{\textbf{\next} } ...
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Simplifying Manual Recursion

The following is literally copied/pasted out of a *.tex file: \newcommand{\bA}{\mathbf{A}} \newcommand{\bB}{\mathbf{B}} \newcommand{\bC}{\mathbf{C}} \newcommand{\bD}{\mathbf{D}} ...
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Define a command (possibly recursively) to wrap text in a command n times

I'm trying to define a new command \multiboxed in LaTeX so that I can put n boxes around an equation without having to manually nest \boxed commands. So far I have (using the pgffor package): ...
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More complicated key definitions in loops/for each statements

While writing a package with a key-value interface, I had a lot of repetitive key definitions. Naturally, one would like to express these definitions with a loop. When the definition contains ...
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Getting last value in tikz foreach

I tried this, but it doesn't work as intended: \foreach \x/\index in {4/0,5/1,19/2} { \ifnum \index > 0 % use lastx \fi \pgfmathsetmacro\lastx{\x} } How do I set \lastx properly?
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Defining commands using two loops

I would like to define a series of command using two loops. For instance I want to create a series of variables that can have YY or NN as subscripts. I would like to define commands \yy and \nn that ...