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

Taco Hoekwater taco at elvenkind.com
Tue May 25 08:44:10 CEST 2010

Tim Bradshaw wrote:
> To play the Devil's advocate a bit: on a modern VM system it ought to be 
> basically fine to say "just allocate me a huge amount of memory", so 
> long as you don't use too much.  Sensible platforms which don't do 
> memory overcommit may run out of swap allocation, but it shouldn't cause 
> a performance issue.

It is not that simple. Many 'out of memory' errors come from bad macros
that fill up all available <whatever array>. Allocating huge arrays will
make TeX fail in a really annoying way in those cases. This is a problem
that is not yet solved in LuaTeX either.

Best wishes,

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