[texhax] Page dimensions differ when LaTeX run on different host

Lars Madsen daleif at imf.au.dk
Wed Jan 16 17:50:28 CET 2008

Niall Mansfield :

> I'm working on a book in LaTeX (thank goodness :-).
> When I LaTeX the file here, the output is 470 pages long.
> When someone at a different site does it, the output is 530 pages.
> The 'layout' package shows the following dimensions (all in pt) differ:
> 				Mine	His
> 				----	---
> 	\oddsidemargin		-21	-11
> 	\textheight		538	462
> 	\topmargin		-39	-23
> 	\textwidth		402	352
> The page dimensions are set with:
> 	\RequirePackage[papersize={177mm,232mm},twosideshift=0mm]{geometry}
> How do you go about tracking down the cause of the differences?  The
> only thing I can think of is to get a copy of all the .sty files used
> (perhaps using the 'snapshot' package) and switching them in one by
> one, but I dread the prospect.  Is there a better way?
>   Thanks,
>   Niall

as a start try adding \listfiles before the \documentclass, then version 
numbers of all packages used will be written to the log file an to the 
console, then compare the two.


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