# Extra blank line at the end of a paragraph (reledpar / reledmac)

I am using reledpar/reledmacto format a 'synopsis' in two columns and I am seeing occasional (apparently random) extra blank lines where there is no blank line/break in the source text. You can see the blank lines in the following example:

And this is the code of my .tex-file:

    \documentclass[oneside, 8pt]{extarticle}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[a4paper, left=15mm, right=35mm]{geometry}
\usepackage[german]{babel}
\usepackage{alltt}
\usepackage{relsize}
\usepackage{subscript}
\usepackage[normalem]{ulem}
\usepackage{fontawesome}
\usepackage{reledmac}
\usepackage{reledpar}

\setlength \parindent{0pt}
\rightnoteupfalse
\linenummarginR{left}
\pagenumbering{gobble}
\title{Does not matter}
\begin{document}
\begin{pairs}
\begin{Leftside}
\beginnumbering{}

\pstart{}
first ~\\
\skipnumbering{}
\pend{}

\pstart{}
this is a line\pend{}
\pstart{}
another line\pend{}
\pstart{}
line \pend{}
\pstart{}
just a line\pend{}
\pstart{}
and a line\pend{}
\pstart{}
oh it's a line~\\
\skipnumbering{}
\pend{}

\pstart{}
just a line\pend{}
\pstart{}
and a line\pend{}
\pstart{}
oh it's a line~\\
\skipnumbering{}
\pend{}

\pstart{}
just a line\pend{}
\pstart{}
and a line\pend{}
\pstart{}
oh it's a line~\\
\skipnumbering{}
\pend{}

\endnumbering{}
\end{Leftside}
\begin{Rightside}
\beginnumbering{}

\pstart{}
\skipnumbering{}
\pend{}

\pstart{}
\pend{}
\pstart{}
\pend{}
\pstart{}
\pend{}
\pstart{}
\pend{}
\pstart{}
\pend{}
\pstart{}
~\\
\skipnumbering{}
\pend{}

\pstart{}
just a line\pend{}
\pstart{}
and a line\pend{}
\pstart{}
oh it's a line~\\
\skipnumbering{}
\pend{}

\pstart{}
just a line\pend{}
\pstart{}
and a line\pend{}
\pstart{}
~\\
\skipnumbering{}
\pend{}

\endnumbering{}
\end{Rightside}
\end{pairs}
\Columns{}
\end{document}


I think it might be a similar problem like in this post, but i am not using the setspace package, so i think it's a different problem. Any ideas how to solve it?

• why do you add {} after \pend and \pstart. It is not required, and make the reading of the code harder. – Maïeul Oct 21 '18 at 21:46

The problem is cause by your ~\\ on the right side. That makes your side longer. And reledpar make the left side to the same height.

Consider this code, which I simplified from your code:

• no more superfious {}
• no more \skipnumbering
• 1 put line number every line, to debug
• no class or package not neeeded for a MWE

Here the code

\documentclass[oneside, ]{book}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[a4paper, left=15mm, right=35mm]{geometry}
\usepackage[german]{babel}
\usepackage{reledmac}
\usepackage{reledpar}

\setlength \parindent{0pt}
\rightnoteupfalse
\firstlinenum*{1}
\linenumincrement*{1}
\linenummarginR{left}
\pagenumbering{gobble}
\title{Does not matter}
\begin{document}
\begin{pairs}
\begin{Leftside}
\beginnumbering

\pstart
first ~\\
\pend

\pstart
this is a line
\pend
\pstart
another line
\pend
\pstart
line
\pend
\pstart
just a line
\pend
\pstart
and a line here the problem
\pend
\pstart
oh it's a line~
\pend

\pstart
just a line
\pend
\pstart
and a line
\pend
\pstart
oh it's a line
\skipnumbering
\pend

\pstart
just a line
\pend
\pstart
and a line
\pend
\pstart
oh it's a line~\\
\skipnumbering
\pend

\endnumbering
\end{Leftside}
\begin{Rightside}
\beginnumbering

\pstart
\pend

\pstart
\pend
\pstart
\pend
\pstart
\pend
\pstart
\pend
\pstart
\pend
\pstart
~\\
\pend

\pstart
just a line
\pend
\pstart
and a line
\pend
\pstart
oh it's a line~\\
\pend

\pstart
just a line
\pend
\pstart
and a line
\pend
\pstart
~\\
\pend

\endnumbering
\end{Rightside}
\end{pairs}
\Columns
\end{document}


That produce the following output

Has you can see the extra spaces on right and left side are the same, and correspond to you ~\\ on right side.

If I delete it, all is ok

\documentclass[oneside, ]{book}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[a4paper, left=15mm, right=35mm]{geometry}
\usepackage[german]{babel}
\usepackage{reledmac}
\usepackage{reledpar}

\setlength \parindent{0pt}
\rightnoteupfalse
\firstlinenum*{1}
\linenumincrement*{1}
\linenummarginR{left}
\pagenumbering{gobble}
\title{Does not matter}
\begin{document}
\begin{pairs}
\begin{Leftside}
\beginnumbering

\pstart
first ~\\
\pend

\pstart
this is a line
\pend
\pstart
another line
\pend
\pstart
line
\pend
\pstart
just a line
\pend
\pstart
and a line here the problem
\pend
\pstart
oh it's a line
\pend

\pstart
just a line
\pend
\pstart
and a line
\pend
\pstart
oh it's a line
\pend

\pstart
just a line
\pend
\pstart
and a line
\pend
\pstart
oh it's a line
\pend

\endnumbering
\end{Leftside}
\begin{Rightside}
\beginnumbering

\pstart
\pend

\pstart
\pend
\pstart
\pend
\pstart
\pend
\pstart
\pend
\pstart
\pend
\pstart
\pend

\pstart
just a line
\pend
\pstart
and a line
\pend
\pstart
oh it's a line
\pend

\pstart
just a line
\pend
\pstart
and a line
\pend
\pstart
\pend

\endnumbering
\end{Rightside}
\end{pairs}
\Columns
\end{document}


The question is "why do you add ~\\? " I am sur you have a good reason to do that, but it is not a good idead due to reledmac internal mecanism. What do you expect? I think we have a solution inside reledmac to your problem.

• Thank you very much for your answer. The intention behind using ~\\ was to create spacing between two paragraphs. But it's probably a better solution to work with either \stanza or \vspace as parameter for \pstart. – B Polit Oct 22 '18 at 8:30
• yes, it is better to use \pstart[\stanta]. and remember that the paragraph are synchronized. – Maïeul Oct 22 '18 at 8:44