[OS X TeX] texmf.cnf

Alan Munn amunn at msu.edu
Tue Jul 1 11:42:36 EDT 2008

At 5:02 PM +0200 7/1/08, Rob van Gerwen wrote:
>I get this error message texing a not al that large bib-tex file
>! TeX capacity exceeded, sorry [save size=5000].
><to be read again>
>                    {
>I had this same problem a few years ago and then made a change in
>texmf.cnf (which was in my Fink distribution, in 
>It says there:
>"save_size = 5000	% for saving values outside current group "
>I changed this into:
>"save_size = 8000	% for saving values outside current group"
>and that did the trick. I am working now in the MacTex distribution, 
>but cannot find this file (texmf.cnf) anywhere. It has probably been 

This file still exists: /usr/local/texlive/2007/texmf/web2c/texmf.cnf

You'll need to use sudo and your favourite unix editor to edit it or 
use an editor that will allow authorization for saving such files.

I don't know much about this fix, but I assume it should still work.


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