Ever since I updated my MacBook Air to Yosemite (very late -- just this week), LyX has been malfunctioning in its footnote functionality. I did a fresh install of both TeX and LyX, but the issue persists. Here's what LyX looks like:

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Here's the PDF output (pdflatex):

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Here's the TeX file output (pdflatex):

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When I enter "ugly red code" and type in \footnote{...}, though, the footnote DOES appear. So it seems that just LyX's footnote tool is broken. Any ideas?

UPDATE: I installed an older version of LyX ( to overwrite the most current version on my computer. Now footnotes work just as planned. Reinstalling the newest version reintroduces the problem, so I'll just stick with the previous version...

closed as off-topic by Torbjørn T., user31729, Andrew, user13907, moewe Mar 29 '15 at 10:08

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  • I can't replicate this result (using LyX 2.1.3 on Windows). – Werner Mar 26 '15 at 19:36
  • ...this might be OS-specific. As mentioned, it works for me on Windows. This may be worth filing on the LyX bug tracker. – Werner Mar 26 '15 at 20:46
  • I don't see this on Linux either. The only thing I can think of is that somehow the Footnote inset got redefined. Can you please backup your LyX user folder (help > about for its location). Then, with LyX exited, delete it. Then restart LyX. Then try again. Does it work now? If it does work, please keep the old user directory, I would like to take a look at it. If it does not work, then as Werner suggested consider filing a bug report. We have not had any reports of this before. – scottkosty Mar 26 '15 at 21:25
  • Thanks, Werner and scottkosty. I have done what scottkosty suggested -- reinstalling the newest version, which reintroduced the problem, making a copy of the user folder, then deleting it and opening LyX, which created a new user folder. Voila, problem is gone. What should I do with the folder I saved? Where should I send it? I'm new to StackExchange, since I've never before had a problem like this I couldn't solve. Thanks! – John Searle Mar 27 '15 at 4:03
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it was caused by a corrupt user directory. – Torbjørn T. Mar 29 '15 at 8:21

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