[OS X TeX] Is there a bigpdflatex?

Michael Hoppe mh at michael-hoppe.de
Sun May 29 17:28:28 CEST 2005

>Yes, that seems to be the right parameter. Searching for this 
>parameter in Google suggests that it can be increased.

Yes, I know that.

>syntax (just to be sure):
>pdf_mem_size = 524288
>(or just simply the double amount compared to the default 65536, 
>this value was suggested for Context, a known memory hog).
>Add the line to the file /usr/local/teTeX/texmf.cnf and save the 
>file. Then a "sudo fmtutil --all"

I did that -- but without any effect: the error message stays 
excactly the same:

! TeX capacity exceeded, sorry [PDF memory size (pdf_mem_size)=65536].

Strange, isn't it?

>Do you have a minimal test file that shows the problem?

No, it occurs only in long documents.  To verify the error, include

     \usepackage{euler} or \usepackage{eulervm}

in the preamble of a longer document and change in microtype.cfg the line

        { encoding = {T1,OT1,LY1,TS1,OML,OMS} }


        { encoding = {T1,OT1,LY1,TS1,OML,OMS,U} }

Together with


you'll surely encounter the error.

     Or just try to increase pdf_mem_size in the way you described it 
an then have a look at the .log-file: it'll contain sime lines like

     PDF statistics:
      536 PDF objects out of 300000
      0 named destinations out of 131072
      64352 words of extra memory for PDF output out of 65536

despite you've changed that value a minute ago.  But wait, now I see 
that not the value of pdf_mem_size was changed, but the one for the 
"named destinations" instead!  Do you notice the value 131072?  I've 
put pdf_mem_size = 131072 in texmf.cnf.  Even weirder ...


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