[tex-live] XeLaTeX Not enough memory (part 2)

Robin Fairbairns Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk
Mon May 24 16:17:31 CEST 2010

Norbert Preining <preining at logic.at> wrote:

> On Mo, 24 Mai 2010, Pander wrote:
> >> The default value of font_mem_size is 3,000,000 and I don't especially
> >> want to hugely increase it, since that memory is malloc-ed at startup as
> >> far as I can tell.
> >
> > Hmmm, very 1970's.

of course.  tex is a 1970s program; the legend is that dynamic memory in
the pascal don started with was "unreliable", so he didn't use it.

i guess that the budget for developing xetex didn't run to dealing with

> Please, step forward and dig through the web code to make all the malloc
> dynamically. THat has been done as said for luatex, but not for all
> engines.

a good proportion of that work was presumably done in the creation of
y&y tex, which did dynamic allocation.  the sources of y&y tex are now
in the public domain, and may seen (iirc) somewhere on the tug site.


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