I'm having problems compiling a file that I can't make sense of. So far, I think the problem has to do with changing the headers using \renewcommand{\chaptermark} and \renewcommand{\sectionmark}. When I comment out those lines (lines 35-38), the file compiles correctly.

Moreover, if I only include only enough text to cover two pages, there's no problem. But if the text covers 3 pages (and then I assume the \renewcommand{\sectionmark} applies, as the subsection mark in the header would appear in the 3rd page), the file crashes.

I include the code below. It doesn't compile as it is, but it does if you either comment out lines 35-38 or the last paragraph (line 89).

Edit: commenting out the titlesec section because of potential problems with memoir class doesn't seem to solve the issue.

\documentclass[12pt, a4paper, extrafontsizes]{memoir}


\usepackage{graphicx, xcolor}

\usepackage[colorlinks = TRUE,%
  citecolor = magenta,%
  linkcolor = cyan,%
  linktocpage = TRUE]{hyperref}






    {\color{light-gray}{\HUGE \thechapter}}{0pt}{\Large}


% https://github.com/katyhuff/dissertation/blob/master/report/frontmatter/frontmatter.tex






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  • titlesec has its own ways to set the marks, you shouldn't redefine \chaptermark etc when using it. Feb 1, 2019 at 13:21
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    Note that titlesec doesn't go along with memoir.
    – egreg
    Feb 1, 2019 at 13:23
  • I'd seen that, but still, that doesn't seem to be the problem. If I comment out the titlesec lines, the file doesn't compile either. Feb 1, 2019 at 13:44
  • You should remember to remove all the titlesec lines. Note that the formatting of the headers for not belong in, say, \chaptermark, it should be added to the page styles being used. besides, you do realise that \markboth takes two arguments? You are only giving it one.
    – daleif
    Feb 1, 2019 at 14:06

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Remember that \markboth takes two arguments not one (\markright takes only one).

That is the complilation issue here.

Besides this, the formatting of the headers rally belong in the headers not inside the marks. See for example http://tug.org/pracjourn/2008-2/madsen/

  • Just in case someone has the same problem, I just subtitute the chapter mark lines for: \renewcommand{\chaptermark}[1]{\markboth{% \textnormal{\small{\color{light-gray}{#1}{}}}}{% \textnormal{\small{\color{light-gray}{#1}{}}}}} Leaving all the rest the same. It seems that titlesec does not cause any problems so far. Feb 7, 2019 at 9:25
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    @FranVillamil I still stand by my comment, formatting does not belong in the chapter mark, only data. The formatting belong in the definition of the headers and footers. Then you also don't have to add size, color etc to every single mark macro.
    – daleif
    Feb 7, 2019 at 9:29
  • Yes, I see, I didn't mean you weren't right, just that it seemed to work that way. I'll take a look at the example you posted to do it right though. Feb 8, 2019 at 10:27

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