I observed very strange spacing problems in a tabular seemingly caused by the array package. Consider the following MWE:

 \multicolumn{1}{c}{X} \\[15pt]
 a \\
 a \\

This produces the following result:

with array

But clearly, the increased line-spacing of 15pt has been applied to the wrong row. I have tried to strip the example down further, but apparently the multicolumn is required for this strange effect.

The output I originally intended can be obtain when we avoid using the array package. It looks like this:

without array


  • Is the observed behavior intended or a bug?
  • Assuming it is intended: I must be doing something wrong. How can I obtain the expected output while array is used?
  • Assuming it's a bug: Is it known? Can I avoid it somehow?
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    I get the expected result when I compile your minimal example.
    – Werner
    Sep 19 '18 at 21:38
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    I do not have this problem with you code. Just in case: are all the packages up-to-date?
    – Bernard
    Sep 19 '18 at 21:39
  • yes, packages up to date. But I'm on a rolling release, maybe something is temporarily broken.
    – m8mble
    Sep 19 '18 at 22:00
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    As a work-around, try \\ \noalign{\vspace*{15pt}}
    – Bernard
    Sep 19 '18 at 23:50
  • That works around the issue. Can you explain, why? Also, will it work with older tex-versions as well?
    – m8mble
    Sep 20 '18 at 6:20

This was a bug that got introduced a while back and corrected early May 2018 (version v2.4i or h of array). Distributions should have it included (DVD's obviously not), so if necessary run package update on your distribution.

  • I can confirm that array v2.4h does not contain this bug. Thanks for your help.
    – m8mble
    Feb 8 '19 at 14:24

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