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The reason why \PassOptionsToPackage is used is compatibility with LyX: if a package is loaded with options both in LyX and -config.tex a clash occurs and the document is not compilable. It seemed better to have the template compilable as-is by using \PassOptionsToPackage, even though it would lead to some options not being evaluated. As reference, see the ...


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I don't think that there is a single best practice --- it partly depends in what way your package has become obsolete. One of the strong goals of LaTeX is continued backward compatibility, i.e., the ability to reprocess old documents successfully even after a long period of time and in fact that is something tat most of the time works surprisingly well ...


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It would be very rude to all the users who rely on your package to swap its function for an error message. I can not understand how someone ever could consider such a reckless approach. Some years ago the maintainer of Linux Libertine cut the support for pdftex and I found myself in the middle of my work towards a deadline trying desperately to get the ...


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Simply including \usepackage{amsmath} the problem is solved across all the documment, surprinsingly (at least for me) also in plain text or simple tables. In the MWE below, all the asteriks are showed. If the package is removed, then *12 is always rendered as 12, without the asterisk. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{amsmath} \begin{document} *11 ...



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