# [texhax] Blank first page problem (how to remove?)

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Sat Jun 4 17:52:08 CEST 2011

On Jun 2, 2011, at 2:03 PM, Johnny wrote:

> Short story:
> When running pdflatex on a simple test .tex file, I get a blank page
> before the first page, why is this and how can I get rid of it?
>
> Test file:
> \documentclass{article}
> \begin{document}
> \title{Title}
> \author{Author}
> \maketitle
> \section{Section 1}
> Text
> \end{document}
>
> Longer story:
> I created a LaTeX file a month or so ago, and compiling it at that time
> produced a nice document and no blank first page, but the same file, one month
> later, creates a blank first page! For testing I started removing stuff,
> and eventually ended up with the file above, but still a blank first
> page! I finally got around it by renumbering the pages and using
> pdftk to crop away the first page, but this is an undesirable procedure
> as it seems to also remove the pdf-bookmarks. During the month in
> between, I also went from Fedora 13 to 15, so it may be some change in
> the texlive package used. There must be some reason behind this, but I
> have been unable to change this behaviour. Further, running the above
> produces a 'LaTeX Error: Missing \begin{document}' message, which seems
> counterintuitive as the statement is clearly in the file?
>
> Current versions:
> : pdflatex --version
> pdfTeX using libpoppler 3.141592-1.40.3-2.2 (Web2C 7.5.6)
>
> : yum info texlive
> Installed Packages
> Name        : texlive
> Arch        : x86_64
> Version     : 2007
> Release     : 62.fc15
> Size        : 4.0 M
> Repo        : installed
>> From repo   : fedora
>
> Any help on this highly appreciated!
> --
> Johnny
>

Howdy,

Does the blank page only show up when you print the document or also in your pdf viewer? If only on your printer, could your printer settings have changed to produce a log page'' that is blank?

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)