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Using the standard LaTeX classes (article,...), footnotes are set directly below the text if the page is in \raggedbottom instead of \flushbottom mode. The KOMA script classes change this behaviour, i.e. the footnote is placed at the very bottom of the page even if the page contains only a few lines of text.

Here is a MWE for LaTeX article:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[a6paper,margin=1cm,bottom=2cm]{geometry}
\raggedbottom
\title{\LaTeX{} article}
\begin{document}
    \maketitle
    A very short text.\footnote{A footnote.}
    \pagebreak
\end{document}

and here for KOMA-Script scrartcl:

\documentclass{scrartcl}
\usepackage[a6paper,margin=1cm,bottom=2cm]{geometry}
\raggedbottom
\title{KOMA script scrartcl}
\begin{document}
    \maketitle
    A very short text.\footnote{A footnote.}
    \pagebreak
\end{document}

MWE LaTeX article MWE KOMA Script scrartcl

Is it possible to restore the default behaviour (i.e. footnotes right below the text) without breaking the other footnote-related Koma script commands like \deffootnote, \deffootnotemark and \setfootnoterule?

  • A little late, but nevertheless: I can't reproduce the behaviour you are describing. Please Try to prepare a minimal working example – Johannes_B Mar 9 '14 at 19:52
  • Here's the MWE! ;-) – porst17 Mar 10 '14 at 8:06
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    The behaviour is coming from \pagebreak, which isn't a good thing after all (if you don't know the difference between \newpage and \clearpage. Please inform yourself and decide, wheter \pagebreak is the way to go. – Johannes_B Mar 10 '14 at 8:44
  • I don't see a difference between \pagebreak and \newpage in \raggedbottom mode. Could you provide some details why using \pagebreak isn't a good thing? – porst17 Mar 11 '14 at 12:02
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With the KOMA-Script classes, the definition of \footnoterule includes a stretchable space of 0pt plus 0.05fil. Remove this additional space.

\documentclass{scrartcl}
\usepackage[a6paper,margin=1cm,bottom=2cm]{geometry}
\raggedbottom
\usepackage{etoolbox}
\makeatletter
\patchcmd{\footnoterule}{\vskip \z@ \@plus .05fil}{}{}{}
\makeatother
\title{KOMA script scrartcl}
\begin{document}
    \maketitle
    A very short text.\footnote{A footnote.}
    \pagebreak
\end{document}

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