# How to specify a very long page?

I want a long page length, and even though the PDF output shows the long page, I can only get text placed on a portion of it. I used code from this question about repeating a long block of text until it fills a page, and added the geometry package along with the adjustments for the width and height that I want. But, this does not fill up the page as I want. This is not a problem with the code in the above example, as I am seeing similar behavior in my own files: the page looks long, but has a lot of blank space and things get moved to the next page.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[left=10px,right=10px,top=10px,bottom=10px]{geometry}
\setlength{\paperwidth}{8.0in}
\setlength{\paperheight}{33.0in}

\usepackage{lipsum}
\newsavebox\widgetbox
\begin{document}

\setbox\widgetbox\vbox
{\vspace*{6pt}\noindent Type of Widget: \dotfill \break
Observations: \dotfill \break
\null\dotfill\par}

\lipsum[1]

\cleaders\copy\widgetbox\vskip0pt plus 1fill
\end{document}


Also, any idea why the lipsum text is getting cut of on the right? I would have though that LaTeX would have adjusted for the narrower text?

## 1 Answer

You can solve both problems by using the paperwidth and paperheight options geometry provides instead of setting the values "manually" with \setlength:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[left=10px,right=10px,top=10px,bottom=10px,paperwidth=8in,paperheight=33in]{geometry}

\usepackage{lipsum}
\newsavebox\widgetbox
\begin{document}

\setbox\widgetbox\vbox
{\vspace*{6pt}\noindent Type of Widget: \dotfill \break
Observations: \dotfill \break
\null\dotfill\par}

\lipsum[1]

\cleaders\copy\widgetbox\vskip0pt plus 1fill
\end{document}

• @diabonas: Why do you use the px unit? It is specific to pdftex and meant for uning it with images – user2478 Nov 12 '11 at 14:48
• @Herbert I used the same specifications the OP provided in his question. – diabonas Nov 13 '11 at 11:24
• @diabonas: Ah sorry, didn't realized that ... then it is a comment to Peter – user2478 Nov 13 '11 at 17:24