[pdftex] memory management problems

James Lever j.lever at uq.edu.au
Wed Jun 26 14:18:08 CEST 2002

Thanks to help from Petr Sojka, I have a solution that works.

Unfortunately, it took a lot of googling to find that nobody has
clearly explained the method to the solution anywhere on the web
so hopefully somebody else won't have the problem I'm having,
I'm at least posting back a summary of solution so it may be
indexed and findable in your favourite web search engine.

The solution was along the lines of what I had found, tried and
failed at with the following missing steps:

According to Petr Sojka (on Wed, Jun 26, 2002 at 12:44:05AM +0200):
> a) make your copy of `kpsewhich texmf.cnf` file.
> b) export TEXMFCNF=/path/to/your/texmf.cnf/file
> c) modify TEXFORMATS so that it points to your local writable area
> d) fmtutil -all

This did not quite work as expected, so I modified the recipe to remove
step c) and replace step d) with the following:

d) fmtutil --all --fmtdir $HOME/texmf/web2c

The reason that Petr's original recipe didn't work was that although
I had made a new hierarchy for texmf/web2c including only the texmf.cnf
file, and my TEXMFCNF was set to this directory, it was still wanting
to write to the global TEXMF area.  Even with TEXFORMATS pointing to 
the locally writable area.


James Lever - ViSAC Laboratoy Manager, ACMC, The University of Queensland.
- http://home.visac.uq.edu.au/people/jamver/index.html#sigs

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