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For a start, make entirely sure you have
found a bug.
Double-check with books about TeX, LaTeX, or whatever you’re using;
compare what you’re seeing against the other answers above; ask every
possible person you know who has any TeX-related expertise.
The reasons for all this caution are various.
If you’ve found a bug in TeX itself, you’re a rare animal indeed.
Don Knuth is so sure of the quality of his code that he offers real
money prizes to finders of bugs; the cheques he writes are
such rare items that they are seldom cashed. If you
think you have found a genuine fault in TeX itself (or Metafont, or the
CM fonts, or the TeXbook), don’t immediately write to Knuth,
however. He only looks at bugs infrequently, and even then
only after they are agreed as bugs by a small vetting team. In the
first instance, contact Barbara Beeton at the AMS
), or contact
If you’ve found a bug in LaTeX2e, report it
using mechanisms supplied by the LaTeX team. (Please be
careful to ensure you’ve got a LaTeX bug, or a bug in one of the
“required” packages distributed by the LaTeX team.)
If you’ve found a bug in a contributed LaTeX package, the best
starting place is usually to ask in the “usual places for
, or just possibly one of the
specialised mailing lists
The author of the package may well answer on-line, but if no-one
offers any help, you may stand a chance if you mail the author
(presuming that you can find an address…).
If you’ve found a bug in LaTeX 2.09, or some other such unsupported
software, your only real hope is help on-line
Failing all else, you may need to pay for
help — TUG maintains a
register of TeX consultants
(This of course requires that you have the resources — and a
pressing enough need — to hire someone.)
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This is FAQ version 3.26, released on 2013-02-25.