[OS X TeX] TL2003 vs. TL2004

Jonathan Kew jonathan_kew at sil.org
Fri Dec 17 05:53:14 EST 2004

On 15 Dec 2004, at 10:23 pm, Bruno Voisin wrote:

> There's another unsolved problem, which is the dreaded 
> "[][][][][][][][]..." bug affecting some XeTeX users (XeTeX entering 
> an infinite loop of "[][][][][][][][]..." in the console log, 
> requiring to force-quit the TeX front-end). My impression is that this 
> is not linked with TL2004 in particular, but with some memory 
> configuration changes, brought in 
> /usr/local/teTeX/share/texmf/web2c/texmf.cnf by the TeX i-Package on 
> 28 November and affecting both the TL2003 and TL2004 setups after that 
> date. Is there some other user of XeTeX 0.88 here who would experience 
> the opposite (same bug with previous versions of gwTeX, or no bug with 
> more recent versions of gwTeX), so that we know the problem lies 
> elsewhere?

This problem has now been traced to a specific setting (non-zero 
extra_mem_bot). A future release of XeTeX should correct the bug, but 
in the meantime it can be avoided by a change in texmf.cnf; see the 

Apologies to all who have been frustrated by this one!


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