I am not allowed to create new tags yet, so I apologize for not tagging this with the names of the particular packages as instructed.

I was trying to use both the array package and the stabular package, but apparently they are incompatible. When both packages are loaded, the tabular environment doesn't work, nor does the stabular.

Is there a known work around so that the features of both are available in the same document?

Here is my minimal example:



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    Any particular reasons to use stabular and not longtable, for example? Dec 10, 2011 at 15:10
  • I have a headers file that has been developed over the years. Some time back, I looked into longtable, stabular and other options. At the time, stabular seemed to be the easiest way to accomplish what I was trying to do. Consequently, all my files that utilize multipage tables are written with the stabular environment. I'd rather not have to re-write all those files, so I was hoping there was a known workaround to this incompatibility.
    – HTG
    Dec 10, 2011 at 15:25
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    @HTG: So what is it that you want to achieve? Usage of the array is pretty much ubiquitous, while stabular is not. If an incompatibility exists, it is most likely due to stabular.
    – Werner
    Dec 10, 2011 at 15:31
  • Well, at a simplistic level, I'm just wanting to keep the same header file that I've developed, but now include the array package so I can access the >{commands} feature. But previous documents utilize the stabular package, and I didn't want to have to re-write them for longtable. But, if that's what I have to do, I will. Bleah.
    – HTG
    Dec 10, 2011 at 15:53

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There's no way that stabular.sty and array.sty can live together, as they both want to redefine the important macro \@mkpream that's responsible for building a suitable internal code from the argument to a tabular environment.

They also redefine \@tabularcr (the internal version of the user command \\) in incompatible ways.

I don't think that there's something possible with stabular which isn't with longtable.


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