[OS X TeX] Resolution of "you've exceeded BibTeX's buffer size 5000"

Michael Kubovy kubovy at virginia.edu
Sun Feb 6 14:49:53 CET 2005

My query:

> Yesterday, for the first time, I got the following:
> This is BibTeX, Version 0.99c (Web2C 7.5.3)
> The top-level auxiliary file: PSYC737syll.aux
> The style file: apalike.bst
> Database file #1: /Users/mk9y/Documents/Papers/MK.bib
> Sorry---you've exceeded BibTeX's buffer size 5000
> Aborted at line 21247 of file /Users/mk9y/Documents/Papers/MK.bib
> (That was a fatal error)

Maarten Sneep:

> "line 21247" is in the field that is actually too long.

That was the problem. I had pasted a long abstract which ended up as a 
single line over 5800 chars long. I opened the .bib file in an editor 
that numbered the lines, went to line 21247, saw the light, had the 
editor to adjust the text, pasted it back into the abstract field, et 
voil{\'a} ... all's well with the world (forgive the momentary 

Thanks to all who replied.
Professor Michael Kubovy
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