viewing long pages, evince seems to choke on simple test file

David Carlisle d.p.carlisle at
Mon Sep 9 16:35:21 CEST 2019

On Mon, 9 Sep 2019 at 15:28, Mike Marchywka <marchywka at> wrote:

> On Sun, Sep 08, 2019 at 08:53:12AM +0000, Mike Marchywka wrote:
> > On Sun, Sep 08, 2019 at 09:08:23AM +0100, David Carlisle wrote:
> > >    You don't really need to look in the dvi, (la)tex will warn you
> already in the log about what is happening.
> [...]
> > Thanks, I guess commented out the wrong one,
> >
> > \usepackage[paperheight=80in,height=78in]{geometry}
> > %\usepackage[paperheight=80in,height=120in]{geometry}
> >
> > that and ignoring the output warnings...
> > That seems to fix it now. No idea how that happened although there are so
> > many warnings typically I don't bother reading them any more  :)
> >
> I guess there is some upper limit to page size though. I did not
> investigate
> right now but thought someone may now offhand why this is needed.
> 400in does not seem excessive in terms of normal ranges although certainly
> it is an uncommon sheet size.
> Thanks.

400in is around twice TeX's largest dimension.

The TeXBook says:

 \TeX\ will not deal with dimensions whose absolute value is
$\rm2^{30}\,sp$ or more. In other words, the ^{maximum legal dimension} is
slightly less than $16384\pt$. This is a distance of about 18.892 feet
(5.7583 meters), so it won't cramp your style.
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