[tex-live] margins disappear in one distribution, not in another

Gunther Jansen gunther.jansen at gmail.com
Fri Oct 21 11:14:32 CEST 2011

Dear all,

I encountered a curious issue today. While I am writing a report (in article 
style), my pdftex compilation yielded a strange pdf without margins and 
slightly differently sized pages. In other words, a really broken layout. The 
same code had worked before, though, so I did not understand where it came 
from. I write and compile my source files from vim with latex suite via pdftex 
(in SLED 11). However, if I transfer the *exact* same source code to my laptop 
with the same setup, it compiles fine, no problems with margins or page size. 
I next removed texlive entirely and installed it again, again to no avail. 
Where could this be symptomatic of? 

Here is the code:


\author{Gunther Jansen}
\title{Interim report 2}
\lhead{Gunther Jansen}


couple of sections with pure text
one figure imported as pdf


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