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What are the LaTeX system requirements for AASTeX v5.x?

Mon, 2012-09-17 15:07 -- 10102

The basic version "requirement" of AASTeX v5.x is a running LaTeX 2e system.

We can be a little more granular than that, because aastex.cls asks for a LaTeX format file of 1995/12/01 or later. (That was the earliest version we had for testing). Format files dated earlier than 1995/12/01 will produce a warning message and may cause LaTeX errors.

I am having trouble installing AASTeX v5.x. Do all the files really have to be copied manually to the generic places, or is there something missing in the Makefile?

Mon, 2012-09-17 15:06 -- 10102

Only the aastex.cls file has to be copied anywhere. There is a "make install" capability for Unix systems, but one has to have the installation directory properly identified in the Makefile, and of course proper permissions are required.

In the Makefile for AASTeX:

I installed the aastex.cls file in the proper place, but my LaTeX system still can't find it.

Mon, 2012-09-17 15:05 -- 10102

Modern TeX installations often have a cache of all available files. This cache has to be updated after new files are added in the directory hierarchy.

If you have teTeX, you must type "texconfig rehash" to update the necessary table - this takes proper permissions.

If you have a TeX installation other than teTeX, you will have to explore its instructions for installing extra packages and for subsequently updating the cache.

I'm trying to use AASTeX with a DOS or Windows LaTeX installation. When I LaTeX my paper, I get an error message that says "TeX capacity exceeded." What's the problem?

Mon, 2012-09-17 15:05 -- 10102

Your problem may be that DOS is having trouble with the line endings in the .sty or .cls files. Convert the line endings to DOS—for instance, by opening each file with the DOS "edit" command and saving it—and the buffer message will probably go away. If it doesn't, you'll need to consult the documentation for your particular LaTeX installation to figure out how to increase the buffer size.

Why are my table notes printing off the right-hand margin of the page instead of appearing below my deluxetable?

Mon, 2012-09-17 14:54 -- 10102

Make sure that your \tablecomments, \tablerefs, and and \tablenotetext command appear after the \enddata command. Older versions of AASTeX were more forgiving of the commands being misplaced, but as of v5.2, they must appear after \enddata.

When I use \rotate to make a table broadside, all of the tables following it are rotated, as well. How do I rotate only one table?

Mon, 2012-09-17 14:52 -- 10102

Your \rotate command needs to be in the table preamble, after your \begin{deluxetable}. If you use \rotate outside of the deluxetable environment, every table following the command will be rotated.

I've successfully used \rotate and reduced my typesize to \scriptsize, but my table is still too wide. What do I do now?

Mon, 2012-09-17 14:51 -- 10102

You can make the columns tighter by using \setlength with the \tabcolsep argument. For example,


In some instances, you may be able to tighten the columns enough to keep the table upright.

\plotfiddle doesn't work.

Mon, 2012-09-17 14:47 -- 10102

This macro was reintroduced in v5.2, so download and install the most recent version of the package if you want to use it. You may, however, wish to consult the graphics documentation first. In most cases, you should be able to place your graphics in your paper using \plotone, \plottwo, or \includegraphics.


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