[OS X TeX] Changing Tex parameters (retry)

Gerben Wierda Gerben.Wierda at rna.nl
Fri Apr 14 15:40:58 EDT 2006

On 14 Apr 2006, at 01:47, Martin Costabel wrote:

> Christoph Schiller wrote:
>> As a user of the Minion font package, I need to redump  the
>> format in order to increase "words of font info" (tetex on Macosx),
>> the line that appears in the statistics in the log file.
>> What *exactly* do I have to do (at least for pdflatex)?
>> I have a clean, new tex installation, made with iinstaller, on OSX  
>> 10.4,
>> a few days ago.
> I know it won't help you immediately, but this is one of the  
> situations where the advantages of a self-compiled tex (for example  
> from Fink) are visible: Just for testing, I went into the build  
> directory of tetex, changed in the file texk/web2c/tex.ch  
> sup_font_mem_size from 2.000.000 to 8.000.000, and ran "make". Then  
> I copied the resulting pdfetex executable into /sw/bin, edited  
> web2c/texmf.cnf to increase font_mem_size to 5.000.000, and ran  
> sudo fmtutil-sys --refresh. All this took about 10 minutes (plus 10  
> minutes to find the right files and places to change). I see now in  
> the log file for example
>  16420 words of font info for 38 fonts, out of 5000000 for 2000

The demands on programs like TeX increases over time. I'll look into  
changing these limits in my compiled version.

I do know that larger actual sizes slows TeX down considerably  
because TeX cleans memory before using it, but changing the maxima  
should not have a negative impact.

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