[XeTeX] HELP! ** ERROR ** Page number 65536l too large!

Wilfred van Rooijen wvanrooijen at yahoo.com
Fri Sep 30 02:43:23 CEST 2011

But the real question remains: does the topic starter really produce a file with 65000 pages? Or is there some other error at play? The topic starter never mentioned how large his "large" tex file is....


From: Martin Schröder <martin at oneiros.de>
To: Unicode-based TeX for Mac OS X and other platforms <xetex at tug.org>
Sent: Friday, September 30, 2011 5:13 AM
Subject: Re: [XeTeX] HELP! ** ERROR ** Page number 65536l too large!

2011/9/29 Jonathan Kew <jfkthame at googlemail.com>:
> Clearly Knuth didn't think there was any need for such large numbers
> of pages in a single file.

See TeX error #913:
* 28 December 1990
R913. Avoid range check when there are 65536 or more pages (Eberhard Mattes).

> It's possible (though I haven't tried) that pdftex in PDF output
> mode would be able to generate more pages, as this avoids the DVI
> path altogether.

pdfTeX and luaTeX shouldn't have any problems up to some millions of
pages; PDF is limited to <8m pages (number of indirect objects) with
32 bit readers.


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