How to control the vertical space between the text area and the footer area?

If I change the value of \textheight the footer comes together.

If I change the value of bottom using geometry package, the footer is always exactly below the last line of the text. Even if I use the includefoot option.

I know that the space between the header and the text area is controllable.

Why is not possible to do the same with the footer?

For example, how to always keep (without overfull) a vertical space of 4cm between the last line and the footer?

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    I'd just discovered that the geometry package allows footskip option. – Sigur Nov 9 '13 at 19:41
  • Should we close this question? – karlkoeller Nov 9 '13 at 20:17
  • @karlkoeller, I think so. May I delete it? – Sigur Nov 9 '13 at 20:30
  • You could answer the question, too ... unless that's frowned upon for some reaon. – jon Nov 10 '13 at 4:53
  • Perfectly legitimate to answer one's own question; you should do just that. – Brent.Longborough Nov 10 '13 at 9:24

I found the answer by myself. We can change the value of \footskip which represents the vertical space between the bottom of footer box and the bottom of the text area.

I draw the figure below to exemplify this. Also you can play a little with the GeoGebra construction here showing those variables.

enter image description here

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