I'm trying to use includepdf to insert an external document into my thesis. I'm using Texlive in Linux, I have the package pdfpages installed properly. I'm compiling the document with pdflatex.


I don't get the "assignment.pdf" included. Instead, I only get an empty page with the text "assignment.pdf". The compilation is successfull, there is no pdfpages-related warning or error in the logs. I tried it with few different files, but no success. How can I troubleshoot this?

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    Do you have the option draft activated in the package or class?
    – Juri Robl
    Dec 28, 2013 at 11:44
  • Thank you! I wouldn't have expected that the draft flag can be the cause. Dec 28, 2013 at 12:09
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    You should use \usepackage{pdfpages} in your preamble. And maybe in this case, \usepackage[final]{pdfpages} should help.
    – yo'
    Dec 28, 2013 at 12:17

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If you use the draft option, no pictures are included. Only the filename of the image is printed. pdfpages simply includes the pdf-pages as pagesized images and is also effected by the option.

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