asotir wrote:By 'goes against the spirit of Scrivener,'
I think a more accurate way of putting it is that the programming effort to do this kind of cross-format page layout/typesetting "falls outside the scope of Scrivener's design". Because you would have to have extremely fine-tuned control over where pagination, hyphenation, justification, and all sorts of other -ations occurred so that you could just hand one file to a printer, and another to the epub & kindle gen routines. You might not need that, but I guarantee you that such a feature would create a huge demand for people who wanted their ebook pages to line up with their CreateSpace output. Rather than focusing on that end of the spectrum, Keith has wisely concentrated on the composition, planning and editing capabilities that make up the core of Scrivener.
With that said, he might look at the problem, see an easy solution for those who just want automatically generated page numbers, and just do it. Perhaps a post to the wish list, with a link to the article I found might spark a new feature. You never know, because the ways of the Keith are quirky.