[pdftex] pdflatex, how to increase memory limit?

Paul Rigor paul.rigor at uci.edu
Sat Feb 15 01:15:17 CET 2014


I've come across some memory limitations with pdflatex command. I'm pretty
sure my machine has sufficient RAM, ie, 64GB plus additional swap.

Below is the error message I receive when running the command "pdflatex
--shell-escape %{tex_file.tex}"

    TeX capacity exceeded, sorry [main memory size=1500000]

There doesn't seem to be a command line parameter to increase the memory
limit. Is there an alternate method that doesn't require the user to be


Paul Rigor
"What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of
questioning" ~ Werner Karl Heisenberg
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