Sometimes, but not systematically, when my chapters end on an odd page, a blank page is inserted afterwards.

Sometimes, but not systematically, when my chapters end on an even page two blank pages are inserted.

These pages are numbered. I would like to remove all of these blank pages. So far, I've tried:

  • \let\cleardoublepage\clearpage at the end of the chapters
  • The openany option in the document class
  • The oneside option in the document class

None of these have succeeded in removing the blank pages.

This wasn't happening at first, and it suddenly started happening after I moved some figures around. In fact, this issue doesn't appear in the chapters before the figures I moved around (which are all in the same chapter).

My document class is an scrbook, and it compiles with 0 warnings and 0 errors.

Does anyone have any idea what's going on?

EDIT: Here's a little more precision: Chapters 1, 2, and 3 work fine (No blank pages inserted). Chapter 4 has the aforementioned figures that seem to have started this whole thing, ends on an even page, and is followed by two blank pages. Chapter 5 ends on an even page and is followed by two blank pages. Chapter 6 ends on an odd page and is followed by one blank page.

I've fiddled around and as it turns out, commenting out chapter 4 fixes the problem for chapters 5 and 6, and commenting out any other chapter changes nothing. Commenting out chapter 4 does not change the evenness of the pages for chapters 5 and 6.

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    Two blank pages shouldn't happen, ever. This indicates that something invisible wound up on the last (odd) page. Without a minimal example which demonstrates the problem, there is no way to know that that invisible thing is. Commented Sep 7, 2018 at 22:21
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    a blank page after an odd page is the default behaviour, the openany option will prevent that. two blank pages would be a bug or more likely user error, typical cause would include having \\ at the end of a paragraph for example. Commented Sep 7, 2018 at 22:51
  • @JohnKormylo But the single blank pages shouldn't be happening either with the openany option, nor should it be inconsistent.
    – Syncrossus
    Commented Sep 7, 2018 at 22:55
  • @DavidCarlisle That wouldn't explain the fact that chapter 4 has an effect on chapters 5 and 6.
    – Syncrossus
    Commented Sep 7, 2018 at 22:56
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    You will need to post an example impossible to guess otherwise, it does not need to be big, just find the smallest subset of the document with the problem, then you can replace (say) every paragrah by a\\a\\a\\a\\a with the right number of lines and every image by \rule{3cm}{4cm} or whatever size is needed, so you get an example that shows the problem. latex never acts inconsistently, it just follows the instructions in the document. Commented Sep 7, 2018 at 22:59

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So it turns out (at least in my document), \topskip0pt (which I added whilst fiddling with the figures) causes all of the subsequent chapters to exhibit the behaviour I describe in my question. Changing it to \topskip1pt fixed the problem without significantly changing the layout.

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    You could probably change it to \topskip 1sp to make the change completely insignificant (1/65536 pt)
    – alephzero
    Commented Sep 7, 2018 at 23:25

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