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I am using memoir class to typeset a book containing texts with many footnotes. To control widows and orphans I use the following settings:

\clubpenalty=5000
\widowpenalty=5002
\displaywidowpenalty=5000
\brokenpenalty=2991 

Generally I am satisfied with the result. But with this settings LaTeX tries hard to avoid widows and orphans and sometimes it has to break a page just to avoid an orphan in the footnotes resulting in huge white zones at the bottom of the page. As I sometimes rather had some orphans in footnotes – I suppose them to be much more tolerable there, then in the main text – then huge white zones at the bottom of some pages, I would like to set a lover \clubpenalty for the footnotes.

I read about the bigfoot package providing such functionality, but as I have some trouble with it, I would like to know, if there is an other way to achieve that?

  • Can you show is some code that replicates your current behaviour? It would lay a solid foundation from where possible solutions may start. – Werner Jun 25 '16 at 0:34
  • Are you using \flushbottom, \feetatbottom or any other related settings? – jon Jun 25 '16 at 2:20

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