# Footnote number not showing [duplicate]

I'm using classicthesis.sty and my footnote numbers are not showing.

I do use this command at the beginning of each chapter:

\let\thefootnote\relax\footnotetext{
}


Do you think this is related? How do I show footnote numbers with \footnote{}? Thanks!

According to another post I read here, this should work, but it does not.

\documentclass[parskip=half,10pt,twoside]{scrbook}

\usepackage[
dottedtoc,
floatperchapter,
parts
]{classicthesis}
\usepackage{}

\begin{document}

\chapter{Test}
\vspace{30ex}

\let\thefootnote\relax\footnotetext{something unnumbered}

\newpage

There should be a footnote number here\footnote{test}
\end{document}


Thanks for any suggestions!

## marked as duplicate by Andrew Swann, Masroor, ienissei, Svend Tveskæg, AndrewSep 1 '14 at 10:46

• Where does \let\thefootnote\relax come from and why are you using it? It just switches off footnote numbering globally. – Johannes_B Aug 31 '14 at 16:48
• I want to have the first footnote without numbering. Is there another way to do that? – dorien Aug 31 '14 at 16:55
• You could do something like \begingroup \let\thefootnote\relax\footnotetext{something unnumbered} \endgroup or better define a command that does that. Gimme a few minutes, i'll eat something and write up a bit more verbose answer. – Johannes_B Aug 31 '14 at 16:59
• @dorien Out of curiosity why do you need an unumbered footnote? – Yiannis Lazarides Aug 31 '14 at 17:12
• Another important thing, the author of classicthesis provided some commands and definitions, but either never uses them, commented important stuff out, or set important stuff at the wrong place. Having said that: either use headinclude, footinclude globally or set \KOMAoptions{footinclude,headinclude} before loading classicthesis. You can also do it afterwards, but then you have to \recalctypearea as well. – Johannes_B Aug 31 '14 at 17:59

This isn't really dependent on classicthesis and works with other classes as well.
I defined a semantic command \describeContent (you can rename it to your needs) so using it again and again and again is easier. And much much more important, if you decide to ga another way round you can change it globally.

The only thing you have to take care of is the hyperref stuff.

\documentclass[parskip=half,10pt,twoside]{scrbook}
\usepackage[
dottedtoc,
floatperchapter,
parts
]{classicthesis}

\newcommand{\describeContent}[1]{%
\begingroup%
\let\thefootnote\relax%
\footnotetext{#1}%
\endgroup%
}

%\renewcommand{\describeContent}[1]{%
%   \marginpar{#1}%
%}
\begin{document}

\chapter{Introduction}
\describeContent{this is some introductory material}

There should be a footnote number here\footnote{test}.
How are the following footnotes numbered?\footnote{ascending
numbers}
\chapter{Lovemaking of pidgeons}
\describeContent{pidgeons are by far not as great as ducks}
Footnotes are numbered on a perchapter base\footnote{option
floatperchapter set}
\end{document}


If I put \let\thefootnote\relax\footnotetext{something unnumbered} between {} it works.

\documentclass[parskip=half,10pt,twoside]{scrbook}

\usepackage[
dottedtoc,
floatperchapter,
parts
]{classicthesis}
\usepackage{}

\begin{document}

\chapter{Test}
\vspace{30ex}

{\let\thefootnote\relax\footnotetext{something unnumbered}}

\newpage

There should be a footnote number here\footnote{test}
\end{document}