# Is there a “brute-force” way to add a footer to a particular page?

I'm working with a complex thesis template that I don't fully understand (http://www.latextemplates.com/template/masters-doctoral-thesis). I've tried to modify it to make the abstract have arabic numbers, followed by a preliminary section in roman numerals, followed by the chapters in arabic numbers again. However, the first page of the abstract has a page number, and not the successive pages.

Here is a snip of the abstract section of the .cls file:

\newenvironment{abstract}
{
\btypeout{Abstract Page}
\thispagestyle{plain}
%%   \null\vfil
\begin{center}
\setlength{\parskip}{0pt}
\bigskip
{\large{Abstract} \par}
\bigskip
{\large \@title \par} % Thesis title
\medskip
{\normalsize by \\ \authornames \par} % Author name
\bigskip
{\normalsize fff\par} % Degree name
\bigskip
{\normalsize University of fff\par} % Degree name
\bigskip
{\normalsize Professors fff ch-chairs\par} % Degree name

\bigskip
\bigskip

\end{center}
}


and here is the abstract section of the main .tex file

\mainmatter

Abstract text...

}

\clearpage % Start a new page


Sorry for no MWE, not sure that one would be feasible. Any idea how I can ensure page numbers on all of the abstract pages, and not just the first?

\thispagestyle{plain} sets a page number for just this page. Adding \pagestyle{plain} will set it for subsequent pages as well (indefinitely i.e. until you change it again).
\thispagestyle{plain}\pagestyle{plain}