Consider the following MWE:

Not nothing.

The output contains two pages: an unexpected and undesired blank, followed by a page containing the makeup block.

Removal of either tikz, grid or makeup is sufficient to make the blank disappear, but I can't give up any of them.

Why and how are these three interacting?

I am compiling with the latest TeXLive.

An excerpt from the log:

pages           > flushing realpage 1, userpage 1
pages           > flushing realpage 2, userpage 1

The makeup block should be on userpage 1. But it seems that something is pushing it and making the page overflow so it ends up on the next realpage.

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    maybe I am misinterpreting here, but your example does not produce any empty pages here. I get one page with not nothing printed, and no errors.
    – Runar
    Dec 28, 2015 at 14:59
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    @runartrollet you're not misinterpreting me. I get no errors and a blank page. That's strange. I'm updating my TeXLive now. I'll report back later. Thanks for the feedback. Dec 28, 2015 at 15:04
  • @runartrollet Done. Sadly the blank page is still in the output. Updating the question. Dec 28, 2015 at 15:38
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    Confirmed on context version: 2015.10.09. I'll also check on a more recent version
    – Aditya
    Dec 29, 2015 at 19:43
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    Also confirmed on context version: 2015.12.29. I suggest that you report this bug on the mailing list.
    – Aditya
    Dec 29, 2015 at 19:50

1 Answer 1


Updated answer

This was a TikZ bug and it is fixed now.

Old answer

Hans Hagen himself explained to me that

it's a bug in tikz ... it uses an extra file that needs to be opened immediate in order not to introduce an interfering node

He also offered a workaround:

for now, in cont-new.mkiv put this:


Note for simpletons like me: cont-new.mkiv is a tex file containing patches and experimental macros that ConTeXt MKIV loads at runtime. The workaround can also be used locally in your project, as long as it's inserted before \usemodule[tikz].

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    A bugifx has been sent to the tikz maintainers, so hopefully this will be corrected in the next release of tikz.
    – Aditya
    Jan 6, 2016 at 18:37
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    This has now been fixed in TikZ.
    – Aditya
    Jan 7, 2016 at 3:19

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