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totcount, like anything that uses information that is only available later in the document, uses auxiliary files to get the final value of counters. That is, at the end of the document, the values of all registered counters are written to an auxiliary file and read in at the beginning of the following TeX run. One consequence of this is that you cannot save ...


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You can add this code in your preamble: \let\oldchapter\chapter \makeatletter \def\chapter{% \@ifstar{\@Starred}{\@nonStarred}% } \def\@Starred{% \@ifnextchar[% {\GenericWarning{}{Warning: A starred section can not have parameters. I am going to ignore them!}\@StarredWith}% {\@StarredWithout}% } \def\@StarredWith[#1]#2{% \oldchapter*{#2}% \...


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You have to make a few changes: make \frontmatter to use arabic numbers; make \mainmatter not to reset numbering; avoid titlepage, because it resets the page numbering. \documentclass[12pt]{book} \usepackage{titling,emptypage} \makeatletter % don't use roman numbers in the front matter \renewcommand{\frontmatter}{\cleardoublepage\@mainmatterfalse\...


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You could use \setcounter{page}{"any number of your choice"} to manually set the page number of the first page with a page number, see: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/2377684/manually-define-page-numbers-in-latex


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You can use \assignpagestyle from titlesec package : \assignpagestyle{\chapter}{empty}


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