[tex-live] Runtime limitations on open files?

David Kastrup dak at gnu.org
Fri Aug 17 13:49:24 CEST 2007

Jonathan Kew <jonathan_kew at sil.org> writes:

> On 17 Aug 2007, at 12:00 pm, David Kastrup wrote:
>> we are crashing with "too many open files" on PDFTeX from TeXlive.
>> The object id where this happens is 513 or so, and it would be my
>> guess that PDFTeX keeps image files open as long as it has not yet
>> shipped them out.
>> It would appear that the system limitations of win32 are much larger,
>> so I suspect the runtime with which TeXlive2007 has been compiled.
>> Does anybody have a good pointer to where I might look for further
>> information?  This is quite a bad roadblock for us.
> I believe the W32 binaries in TL were built by Akira using MS Visual
> Studio tools, but I don't know whether/how this limit can be
> controlled there.

See other mail on this: it would appear to be easy to fix this
(namely: bump the number to 2048) in the sources.

> As a workaround, have you tried alternatives such as generating DVI
> output and then running dvipdfmx? It's possible that might handle
> things differently.

Far too many PDFTeX specific features in use, I am afraid.  That road
is not open to us at the moment.

David Kastrup

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