What are for example the star versions of the internal macros \flalign and \endflalign ?

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    There is no general rule, and by far not all macros have a starred variant. These are technically distinct macros. Even worse, a star can change its meaning/effect depending on the document it is used in, try e.g. a figure* environment in a one or two column environment.
    – user194703
    Commented Jun 11, 2020 at 19:08
  • IIRC, the only difference between \flalign and \begin{flalign} (for example) is an additional group layer. Commented Jun 11, 2020 at 23:09
  • @JohnKormylo ams alignments grab their whole body so need to look ahead for an explicit \end{...} so you can not use the \foo...\endfoo form, you have o use an environment. Commented Jun 11, 2020 at 23:32

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The question isn't that clear but the definitions of flalign and flalign* are


So they are the same except that \ifst@rred is true in the star form (and mostly they are the same as align).

That switch is tested at various points in the code for (fl)align(*) typically with lines like


If you mean what is the macro that holds the top level definition, in the way that \flalign holds the definition of \begin{flalign} then that is \flalign* but you can only type it that way if you do \catcode\`\*=11 to make * a letter so normally it would be accessed via

\csname flalign*\endcsname
  • Thanks a lot. Why do I forget to use csname ? A big mystery... :-)
    – projetmbc
    Commented Jun 11, 2020 at 21:55

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