{output-routine} is a basic element of TeX processing which is automatically called at different occasions (e.g., at insertions like footnotes or floats) and finally makes up the contents of a page for shipout after a page break has occurred. Headers and footers as well as floats, margin paragraphs ...

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Can TeX produce an expanded TeX as an output format similar to PDF? [duplicate]

I am looking at TeX as an output format similar to PDF that describes the page sufficiently, but with all tokens resolved (more like going from Postscript to PDF). This format should also indicate all ...
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What happens to fonts (and robust commands) in shipout?

The following example does not produce quite the output I expect: \documentclass{article} \let\origshipout\shipout \def\shipout{\origshipout\vbox{ %\normalsize \emph{hello}}\origshipout} ...
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polyglossia + output routine = wrong expansion in file writing (???)

If I use the following custom class: \NeedsTeXFormat{LaTeX2e} \ProvidesClass{upecha}[2014/09/21 v0.8 tibetan modern pecha class] \input{size11.clo} \def\@outputpage{\shipout\vbox{\box\@outputbox}} ...
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Is there a way to get at the value of \prevdepth from the main vertical list inside the output routine?

To motivate that (admittedly) strange question: When TeX builds a vertical list it keeps track of the depth of the last box added in a special variable called \prevdepth which is used to calculate ...
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All about \shipout

While reading about packages that allow to hook macros to certain events, I came across this command, \shipout. Searching on the internet didn't help a lot but if I'm not so wrong it's somehow related ...
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Execute a command at the start of every page

Is there any way I can execute a command (\ifthenelse actually) at the start of every page? I tried \AtBeginShipout (atbegshi) but that seem to get executed when the page is about to be rendered ...
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Penalty inserted by output routine

I am using plain TeX (actually plain e-TeX) processed by a relatively recent version of MiKTeX (pdfTeX). Consider the following fragment of code that can be processed with plain TeX: \noindent A\par ...
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Replace paragraphs with boxes [closed]

I would like to replace the paragraphs of a compiled document with framed boxes. Although I read the /tex/latex/base documentations I have no idea how to tackle this problem. In detail I want to ...
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headlines are not shown with tikz input (plain TeX) [duplicate]

I'm usign plain TeX with custom headlines. If I load Tikz packages with \input tikz then headlines are blank. The following are my headlines (some commands don't belong to plain TeX, but I think ...
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Strange behaviour with PGF/TikZ and Plain TeX output routine

I noticed a strange behavior when running PGF/tikZ with pdfTeX on my Debian box : a simple session without tikz: pdftex **\relax *Hello World *\bye do output the page number on the page footer. On ...
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Shipout line like Shipout page

In lineno package guide, I found: Attaching line numbers after TeX has broken the paragraph into lines is already quite a difficult job for TeX. Why? Because TeX does not normally give you any ...
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Flushbottom columns when \parskip has no stretchable glue

In the following example, the columns on page 1 and 3 "sit" perfectly on the frame, while on page 2 (with the large float) the columns end a bit above the frame. Does anyone have an idea what I could ...
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Outputting a spread at a time

I think I remember Stephan Lehmke writing here somewhere in a comment about outputting a spread at a time instead of page. That got me thinking; does that mean something like: \output={\shipout\vbox ...
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Output routine and \box255

The \box255 referred to in this question applies only to the container of the latest chunk of the MVL, as cut by the page builder. Now the question: I read somewhere that \setbox0=\vbox to ...
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What is \box255?

I'm just reading the everyshi manual, and it says: This package provides the hooks \EveryShipout and \AtNextShipout whose arguments are executed after the output routine has constructed ...
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Can I detect whether a footnote has been split?

Title sez it all: Can I detect, hopefully by inspecting \box\footins, whether a footnote has been split at page-breaking? I found the package fnbreak but it uses labels, which is much too delayed for ...
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Can I get at stuff in “current page” or “recent contributions”?

When I compile the following, \documentclass[a4paper]{article} \usepackage{atbegshi} \AtBeginShipout{\showlists} \showboxdepth\maxdimen \showboxbreadth\maxdimen \usepackage{lipsum} ...
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How to use ltxgrid to switch between one and two columns

After reading answers to this question, I decided to give ltxgrid a try. A simple experiment showed that using \twocolumngrid and \onecolumngrid do their job; however, the vertical space between one- ...
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Which memoir package emulation clashes with footbib?

memoir has at least one package that modifies the output routine and conflicts with footbib, does anyone know which one(s)?
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Background baseline grid with output routine

I am trying to get a baseline grid in the background of every page. I am using the plain format with XeTeX. This is what I have tried: \baselineskip=13pt \topskip=0pt \parskip=0pt \newbox\gridbox ...
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Unbalanced output routine

The TeX primitive \output behaves almost like a toks register, except in the fact that it is always surrounded by braces. For instance, after \output={\plainoutput}, the result of \showthe\output is ...
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Can I write a macro for placing a vertical, breakable rule along arbitrary paragraphs without an output routine?

I answered a question last week about creating a continuous but breakable rule next to an arbitrary number of paragraphs in Plain TeX. My solution gathered the paragraphs to rule in a vbox; my output ...
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Why does the list of recent contributions contain exactly two boxes?

In the transcript of \nonstopmode \tenrm \vsize=2cm \output={\shipout\vbox{ \showlists \unvbox255 }} \hbox{blah} \hbox{blah} \hbox{blah} \hbox{blah} \hbox{blah} \hbox{blah} \hbox{blah} ...
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Can I make some vertical material disappear if it occurs next to a page break?

I'd like to place a horizontal rule above each section title, to separate the new section from the text before it. But I don't want the rule to appear if the section begins on a new page, since that ...
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Notes overflowing from marginpar to footer

In this document, from page 12 and following, the notes from the marginpar are overflowing in the footer of each page. How can this be achieved in LaTeX? ConTeXT/LuaTeX based solutions are ...
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Installing background and foreground page layers with TikZ

Several times I discovered the need to draw TikZ material behind and on top of the page text (How to draw text-anchored tikz line below text instead of above?, Test if a paragraph has a page break in ...
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An explanation of LaTeX's output routine

Is there a good reference for LaTeX's output routine? The documented source is confused and confusing. The authors seem confused as to why parts are the way they are and wonder if maybe things should ...