When compiling my text document, I get the following warning:

[5] [6] [7pdfTeX warning (ext4): destination with the same identifier (name{equ
ation.2.0.10}) has been already used, duplicate ignored

\AtBegShi@Output ...ipout \box \AtBeginShipoutBox 
                                              \fi \fi 
l.210     \end{equation}

A quick google search reveals that this is a problem hyperref has with suppressed equation numbers: It suggests using

\begin{align*} ... \end{align*}

instead of

\begin{align} ... \notag \end{align}

Which has the same visual effect of not displaying an equation number. So far, so good. But what if I want to have an equation number for the last line of my align-environment, and only suppress the numbering of all the preceding lines?

I'm also confused about this warning occurring only once, although I use \notag all the time.

Here is a minimal example:



\usepackage[pdftex, colorlinks=true,bookmarksnumbered=true]{hyperref}

\usepackage[hyperref, amsmath, thmmarks]{ntheorem}

        (a+b)^2 = \\
        a^2 + 2ab + b^2

The offending package is ntheorem and the offending command is the split environment if I remove either of the, I get no warning any more.

  • I couldn't reproduce this. Please add a minimal working example (MWE) that illustrates your problem. – Lev Bishop Apr 17 '11 at 19:41
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    if you want only one number on an aligned display, and you are using amsmath, you can use the aligned substructure within equation to get only a single number. then you don't need \notag at all. – barbara beeton Apr 17 '11 at 20:09
  • @Barbara Beeton Thank you. I know about this; however, in this case the number gets centered with respect to the entire equation. I'd rather have it at the bottom. – Lagerbaer Apr 17 '11 at 22:37
  • @Lev Bishop I will try to get a MWE. – Lagerbaer Apr 17 '11 at 22:37
  • When you want only one number on the last line of an aligned display, you usually use the align env with \nonumber. That's the standard practice, I think. If hyperref complains about it, either hyperref or align should be fixed, I guess. Or perhaps amsmath should include another version of align that gives a number only to the last line. Or perhaps \nonumber should be fixed to cooperate with hyperref. – Ryo Mar 10 '18 at 3:30

At least for your minimal example, it's enough to replace equation environment with gather. As the hyperref readme says: \let\equation\gather \let\endequation\endgather. Also you should load hyperref after amsmath (usually hyperref should be the last package loaded, but ntheorem is special and should come after).

  • Thanks. I did play around with order in which the packages were loaded; this did not remove the error. Your advise, however, does the trick. – Lagerbaer Apr 18 '11 at 1:12

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