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What could be the reason? Somehow a blank page with some random number gets inserted between two chapters.

\flushbottom
\include{chapter1}
\flushbottom
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\flushbottom
\include{chapter2}
\flushbottom
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\flushbottom
\include{chapter3}
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\flushbottom
\include{chapter4}
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    Welcome to TeX.sx! Can you add information about the class you're using? – egreg Apr 30 '13 at 15:45
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    \flushbottom is a declaration that affects all following pages, you only need issue it once. – David Carlisle Apr 30 '13 at 16:07
  • With twoside layout (default for class book) chapters start at odd numbered pages and sometimes LaTeX needs to insert a page to ensure this. – Heiko Oberdiek Apr 30 '13 at 16:22
  • Note what Heiko and David commented above. Besides, at the end of the chapter a \cleardoublepage is issued. An ugly method would be to use \let\cleardoublepage\clearpage in the beginning. – user11232 May 1 '13 at 0:05
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    I tried \let\cleardoublepage\clearpage but it didn't work. Each chapter of my thesis produces a blank page before it starts. I'm using book' class with openany' and `oneside' options. – Joarder Kamal Oct 21 '15 at 17:54
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Class options oneside/twoside

With twoside layout (default for class book) chapters start at odd numbered pages and sometimes LaTeX needs to insert a page to ensure this.

If you do not want to have a twoside layout, it can be overwritten by option oneside:

\documentclass[oneside]{book}

Class option openany

If the twoside layout should be kept, but a chapter can start on any page, then many classes support option openany, e.g.:

\documentclass[openany]{book}

Redefining \cleardoublepage

The "ugly method" of Harish Kumar's comment would be to redefine \cleardoublepage:

\let\cleardoublepage\clearpage
  • Is there an easy possibility to change this behavior only for some chapters? I want a \cleardoublepage for all normal chapters but not in the appendix. – McLawrence Aug 16 '18 at 4:24
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    @McLawrence Since there should not be normal chapters after the appendix, just move the redefinition \let\cleardoublepage\clearpage to the appendix. – Heiko Oberdiek Aug 16 '18 at 16:33

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