[OS X TeX] Lost floats

Michael Sharpe msharpe at ucsd.edu
Mon Aug 18 21:34:40 CEST 2014

On Aug 18, 2014, at 11:22 AM, Nitecki, Zbigniew H. <Zbigniew.Nitecki at tufts.edu> wrote:

> I'm encountering a rather disastrous problem for which I can't provide a minimal example, since it is the maximal structure that seems to be causing it.  I'm asking for suggestions on how to trouble shoot it.
> Here is the situation:  I am revising a large book project, and in particular I have a set of pst-3D pictures set up in complicated floats (with sub floats, etc).  These have never caused problems until just now.  I was tinkering with some text several pages before these floats when I started getting the error message "Floats lost".  I tried to track down what was causing this problem, and ultimately commented out the whole section of text (which has no direct connection to the floats in question--they are in a different section  ) which resulted in still getting the error message, but the floats which get lost seem to vary with what I comment out in the text.  (That is, some lost ones reappear, but others disappear) I have no idea how to proceed from here, since anything that might have been embedded in the text I was tinkering with has been commented out, and before I started tinkering there was no error message.
> I seemed to recall that in the previous version of this book project I ran into some problems having to do with memory--I think--and it was resolved by following each of these megafloats with the line "\afterpage{\clearpage}".  I found one of these commented out in my present version and restored it--again changing which floats get lost, but not the fact that some are always being lost.
> Any ideas?

I seem to recall that "floats lost" is frequently the result of trying to place floats inside minipages or other non-floating boxes. 


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