I want to combine both verbose footnote citations (e.g. style=verbose) and a complete list of all bibliography items (with \printbibliography). As it turns out, it doesn't work. This is entirely puzzling for me, since I would expect this to be a pretty standard combination.

Here is my MWE:


  style=verbose, % #1: works without this line

This is only a test! \footcite{TestArticle}
\printbibliography % #2: works without this line

% does not work if both line #1 and #2 are included

and, for completeness, my bibliography_mwe.bib:

  author = {John Doe},
  journal = {Latex Discoveries},
  title = {How to set up Biblatex},
  year = {2014}

If I run this, I get the following error:

! Undefined control sequence.
<argument> \bibhang

And some more errors that follow from this.

If I comment out line #1, there is no error, but I only get numeric citations. If I comment out line #2, there is no error, but I don't get a bibliography, obviously.

What is going on here? What am I doing wrong? This is such a simple setup, I must be overlooking something obvious.

Edit: This is the file list produced by the \listfiles command:

*File List*
scrreprt.cls    2015/10/03 v3.19a KOMA-Script document class (report)
scrkbase.sty    2015/10/03 v3.19a KOMA-Script package (KOMA-Script-dependent ba
sics and keyval usage)
scrbase.sty    2015/10/03 v3.19a KOMA-Script package (KOMA-Script-independent 
basics and keyval usage)
  keyval.sty    2014/10/28 v1.15 key=value parser (DPC)
scrlfile.sty    2015/10/03 v3.19a KOMA-Script package (loading files)
tocbasic.sty    2015/10/03 v3.19a KOMA-Script package (handling toc-files)
scrsize11pt.clo    2015/10/03 v3.19a KOMA-Script font size class option (11pt)
typearea.sty    2015/10/03 v3.19a KOMA-Script package (type area)
biblatex.sty    2016/03/03 v3.3 programmable bibliographies (PK/JW/AB)
biblatex_.sty    2016/03/03 v3.3 programmable bibliographies (biber) (PK/JW/AB)

etoolbox.sty    2015/08/02 v2.2a e-TeX tools for LaTeX (JAW)
kvoptions.sty    2011/06/30 v3.11 Key value format for package options (HO)
ltxcmds.sty    2011/11/09 v1.22 LaTeX kernel commands for general use (HO)
kvsetkeys.sty    2012/04/25 v1.16 Key value parser (HO)
infwarerr.sty    2010/04/08 v1.3 Providing info/warning/error messages (HO)
etexcmds.sty    2011/02/16 v1.5 Avoid name clashes with e-TeX commands (HO)
ifluatex.sty    2010/03/01 v1.3 Provides the ifluatex switch (HO)
  logreq.sty    2010/08/04 v1.0 xml request logger
  logreq.def    2010/08/04 v1.0 logreq spec v1.0
  ifthen.sty    2014/09/29 v1.1c Standard LaTeX ifthen package (DPC)
    url.sty    2013/09/16  ver 3.4  Verb mode for urls, etc.
blx-compat.def    2016/03/03 v3.3 biblatex compatibility (PK/JW/AB)
standard.bbx    2016/03/03 v3.3 biblatex bibliography style (PK/JW/AB)
authortitle.bbx    2016/03/03 v3.3 biblatex bibliography style (PK/JW/AB)
verbose.bbx    2016/03/03 v3.3 biblatex bibliography style (PK/JW/AB)
verbose.cbx    2016/03/03 v3.3 biblatex citation style (PK/JW/AB)
english.lbx    2016/03/03 v3.3 biblatex localization (PK/JW/AB)

biber --version > biber version: 2.4

lsb_release -d > Description: Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS

I am using the latest texlive 2015, upgraded from an manual texlive 2014 installation (not the one in the Ubuntu repositories).

I added the log file of one run. The full error message is:

! Undefined control sequence.
<argument> \bibhang 

l.13 \end
! Missing number, treated as zero.
<to be read again> 
l.13 \end
! Illegal unit of measure (pt inserted).
<to be read again> 
l.13 \end
  • You can find the version number of each in the logs produced.
    – Runar
    Jun 9 '16 at 16:30
  • Mhhh, this looks like a very odd error to me. Please make sure that your version of biblatex is up to date. You can check the versions very comfortably by adding \listfiles to the very beginning of your MWE file, after a compilation (just force through the errors) you will find a nicely formatted list of the versions used at the end of the.log file, post that here.
    – moewe
    Jun 9 '16 at 17:39
  • Mhhh, those versions are not the newest, but they don't look horribly outdated either. Try to delete all temporary files (.aux, .bbl, .bcf) and compile your MWE again. If the error still isn't gone show us the relevant parts of the log (entire error message etc.).
    – moewe
    Jun 10 '16 at 13:34
  • Any news here? Can you give us the full error message?
    – moewe
    Jun 13 '16 at 5:56
  • I added the full error message and a log file. But I guess I'll have to use texlive 2016 to solve the problem. :/
    – Edgar
    Jun 13 '16 at 9:20

It is kind of sad, but it seems like some weird condition, buried within the arcane maze of texlive internals, caused this problem.

The following hack provides a quick workaround:


But ultimately, I don't see a solution other than installing texlive 2016 after all.

Thanks for all the helpful comments!

As suggested in the comments, I upgraded to texlive 2016. The MWE works without any issues. Apparently, the combination of verbose-style citations and full bibliography in the end is broken in texlive 2015.


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