My document contains several tables, one of which spans several pages. Following this question, I tried to use the ltablex package for that. However, my document doesn't compile anymore if I use that package instead of tabularx.

I was able to isolate the problem. It seems that there's an issue with using the rulers from booktabs in a tabularx environment provided by the ltablex package if the next cell starts with a bracket. Here is a minimal working example that illustrates this:




            Label       & Estimate \\
            % What follows seems to be the offending line. If I remove 
            % the brackets around `Intercept`, the file is compiled 
            % without an error.
            (Intercept) & 10.0 \\

    % this is a very big table that spans several pages, which is 
    % why I want to use the `ltablex` package:
        Statement  & Number \\
        \blindtext & 1 \\
        \blindtext & 2 \\
        \blindtext & 3 \\
        \blindtext & 4 \\
        \blindtext & 5 \\


Compiling this produces seven errors, most of which are Undefined control sequence \end{tabularx} errors in line 19, i.e. the \end{tabularx} command at the end of the first tabularx environment. Here's the output for the first error (I can post the whole error log if needed):

! Undefined control sequence.
<argument> ...al \expandafter \let \cmrsideswitch 
                                                \@tempa \fi \fi 
l.19             \end{tabularx}

The control sequence at the end of the top line
of your error message was never \def'ed. If you have
misspelled it (e.g., `\hobx'), type `I' and the correct
spelling (e.g., `I\hbox'). Otherwise just continue,
and I'll forget about whatever was undefined.

I've found some ways of making the error disappear, but at the cost that the document doesn't contain what I want:

  • Remove the brackets around (Intercept) in line 17
  • Remove the \midrule command in line 13
  • Use tabularx instead of ltablex

So, I have two questions.

  1. Is this a bug in one of the packages, or is the bug in my document?
  2. How can I fix this without sacrificing the \midrule, the brackets, or the multi-page table?
  • Perhaps the ltxtable package provides a by-pass here – user31729 Apr 11 '17 at 10:37
  • It's not clear why, with ltablex, \midrule starts looking forward for a (. Anyway, adding \relax in front of (Intercept) solves the issue. – egreg Apr 11 '17 at 10:41

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