[tex-live] Makeindex, version 2.15 [TeX Live 2010] (kpathsea + Thai support)

Philip Taylor P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk
Fri Oct 3 13:50:21 CEST 2014

Lars Madsen wrote:

> I agree that would be a lot more reliable.
> In this case, isn't it just some limit in makeindex as to how long
> the lines can be? If one shortens the text, it fits nicely on a
> single line.

Indeed, but I cannot tell my authors they must shorten their index
entries !  The limit turns out to be (a completely insane) 72
characters; I managed to find some clues at the UK branch of CTAN --


and now have an Index.ist file that contains just :

	line_max 32767

> Assuming index entries would always be on a single line would never
> word in general

Well, that assumption is implicit in the default output format of
Makeindex; index entries are introduced by \item, and there is no
consistent final delimiter other then end of line.

> BTW: what are you using the grapping feature (that I'm assuming
> you've implemented) for?

Totally confused :  is "grapping" "grepping" or "wrapping" or anything
else I might not recognise ?  I am not intentionally using either of those.

> In one project I've masked the index programme (xindy) to enclose the
> entire word part of the index in a special purpose macro. That works
> rather nicely.

Indeed; and if I could find the real documentation for .ist files I
might be able to do likewise for Makeindex, but my one and only attempt
to use Xindy led to a completely impenetrable diagostic clearly couched
in LISP-speak :

*** - XINDY:STARTUP: keyword arguments in
       (:IDXSTYLE :RAWINDEX "2eya_1Yazc" :OUTPUT ".\\msidentifier-index.ind"
        :LOGFILE "nul")
      should occur pairwise

D:\TeX\Live\2013\bin\win32\runscript.tlu:650: command failed with exit
code 1:
perl.exe d:/TeX/Live/2013/texmf-dist/scripts/xindy/xindy.pl

and until I can get TeXdoc working again I can probably hope to make no
progress there ...

** Phil.

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