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Subject: Re: DOCBOOK-APPS: TeX capacity exceeded - final word?

On Fri, 13 Sep 2002, Thomas Colby wrote:

> "TeX capacity exceeded, sorry [grouping levels=255]" when I try to
> create a printable version with jadetex.

	Did you tweak your texmf.cnf? It appears you should increase your 
nest_size parameter. I'm currently publishing a manual that is 1000+ pages
long and I'm using a setting of "nest_size=500".

	My manual is the Alternative Csound Reference Manual:

	The hardest thing for me about producing a manual over 700 pages
was that eventually I came across a hard limit with the texmf.cnf file. No
matter how much I increased the max_strings parameter, it would not give
me a value greater than 32767. Come to find out there was a hard-coded
16-bit limit defined in my version of TeX!

	I solved it by directly hacking the source code for TeX itself.
Unforunately, TeX isn't written in straight C code but in some obscure
dialect called Web. I had to figure its arcane syntax, increase the 
ssup_max_strings parameter, and rebuild TeX. What a mess!

-- Kevin Conder, kevin@kevindumpscore.com

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