I'm using TexLive 2012 from the openSUSE buildservice publishing repository, and a document that would compile with TeXLive 2011 now effects error messages such as:

Package PGF Math Error: The function `add' already exists.

Package PGF Math Error: The function `subtract' already exists.

and so on.

This is caused by todonotes and chemfig, since both load tikz. Is there a way to resolve this conflict?

An example, as requested:


The relevant excerpt of the log from texlive 2011:

Package: pgfcomp-version-1-18 2007/07/23 v2.10 (rcs-revision 1.1)
Package: pgffor 2010/03/23 v2.10 (rcs-revision 1.18)

and that of the log from texlive 2012:

Package: pgfcomp-version-1-18 2007/07/23 v2.10 (rcs-revision 1.1)
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    Welcome to TeX.sx! Please add a minimal working example (MWE) that illustrates your problem.
    – egreg
    Sep 16, 2012 at 20:23
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    'Works for me'. Perhaps you could add \listfiles to your example and report what file list you get: I suspect a version conflict with a locally-installed version of one or more files.
    – Joseph Wright
    Sep 16, 2012 at 20:41
  • Unfortunately the example doesn't produce any error even if I add \usepackage{chemfig}.
    – egreg
    Sep 16, 2012 at 20:43
  • I just tried the MWE on texlive 2011 on another computer and it compiles fine. The diff of the logs merely indicates that /usr/share/texmf/tex/generic/pgf/math/pgfmathfunctions.basic.code.tex is loaded twice, and in the one case this has no effect, while in the other the functions are defined twice. There are no locally-installed files that interfere with this.
    – auxsvr
    Sep 16, 2012 at 22:06
  • I didn't edit the previous message in time. pgfmathfunctions.basic.code.tex is included twice when the error message appears, and only once in texlive 2011.
    – auxsvr
    Sep 16, 2012 at 22:17

1 Answer 1


The cause is that the latest version of pgf has the line


in tex/latex/pgf/utilities/pgffor.sty. If I comment it out, then everything works fine. Here is the bug report for this.

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