[OS X TeX] Very weird page breaking problem

Josep Maria Font jmfont at ub.edu
Sat Apr 2 01:41:36 CEST 2016

I am preparing a book for publication, checking bad page breaks and the like, and I have found a behaviour I cannot understand.

The book is composed of several chapters, \included as usual. I use the "memoir" class. Each chapter starts on a fresh odd (recto) page. Very oddly, I get *different page breaks* if I typeset Chapter 3 alone and if I typeset the whole book! Specifically, the change occurs always on the same page, in the middle of Chapter 3: in the second case (whole book) this page consistently admits three lines less than when only Chapter 3 is typeset; then, as is to be expected, the difference is irregularly propagated through the end of the chapter. The rest of the chapters seem to show no changes.

After some experimenting, I see I get the same behaviour if I typeset Chapter 3 together with either Chapters 1 or 2 (or both). By contrast, if I typeset Chapter 0 plus Chapter 3, then the breaks are as expected (I did the fine-tunning of each chapter separately). One difference I observe is that Chapters 1 and 2 end on an even (verso) page while Chapter 0 ends on an odd (recto) page. If I typeset starting with Chapter 3 together with all subsequent chapters, everything is normal.

I cannot imagine why this is happening, and how can I resolve it (of course, I can typeset Chapters separately and them merge the PDFs...). If someone has ever encountered a similar problem and can give some light, I will be very grateful.



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