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Consider the code

\documentclass{report}
\usepackage[margin=2cm,showframe]{geometry}
\usepackage{longtable}
\usepackage{lipsum}

\begin{document}
\lipsum[1-2]
\begin{longtable}{p{8cm}}
\lipsum[3-5]
\end{longtable}
\lipsum[1-2]
\end{document}

producing

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OK, no problem since the contents of the table is not enough to make the table pass to the next page.

So, inserting more dummy text inside the table (\lipsum[3-8] for example), we obtain

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Why the result is not the derided one? Also, how to no indent the longtable, that is, how to flush it left?

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    The second question: use the optional argument: \begin{longtable}[l]{p{8cm}} or \begin{longtable}[r]{p{8cm}}. Feb 14, 2014 at 19:39
  • @GonzaloMedina, thanks. So easy. How couldn't imagined it?
    – Sigur
    Feb 14, 2014 at 19:41
  • It's longtable users, not longtable, that have strange behaviour. Feb 14, 2014 at 20:42
  • Well, after the explanation and the solution I have to agree with you, @DavidCarlisle. lol
    – Sigur
    Feb 14, 2014 at 20:57

1 Answer 1

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  1. LaTeX will never break a page within a p{<length>} row. Page breaks only occur between rows of the table or at \hline commands. In the seemingly odd case you mention with \lipsum[3-8], what happens is that all your six paragraphs are in the same row of the p{8cm} column, so no page break will be produced; the whole table gets pushed to the second page and typeset there, protruding to the bottom.

  2. Use the optional argument: \begin{longtable}[l]{p{8cm}} or \begin{longtable}[r]{p{8cm}}.

An example:

\documentclass{report}
\usepackage[margin=2cm,showframe]{geometry}
\usepackage{longtable}
\usepackage{lipsum}

\begin{document}
\lipsum[1-2]
\begin{longtable}[l]{p{8cm}}
\lipsum[3-5]
\end{longtable}
\lipsum[1-2]
\end{document}

enter image description here

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  • So, the problem is that each paragraph coming from lipsum is p{} and then will not be broken?
    – Sigur
    Feb 14, 2014 at 19:42
  • The problem is that all your paragraphs are inside one same p{...} row. Feb 14, 2014 at 19:43
  • Ow, I see. I'm not using `\` to change line. So, the ideal in this case would be to use another kind of box, not long table.
    – Sigur
    Feb 14, 2014 at 19:44
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    @Sigur A list or a mdframed or tcolorbox, perhaps? It depends on what you are trying to achieve. Feb 14, 2014 at 19:45

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