Karl Berry karl at freefriends.org
Mon May 10 00:20:53 CEST 2021

Hi Simon,

            May I ask whether there is a deeper reason why TEX-capacity can

Knuth's original archiTeXture has hardwired limits, yes. I tried to
document some of them in texmf.cnf (decades ago), although I admit the
comments may not be 100% correct any more.

Some of the values you wrote don't seem like the absolute maximums to
me.  You can check the sup_* values in the tex.ch source file, e.g.,
sup_pool_size is 40000000.  Some of those sup_ values are themselves not
maximized. If you don't have a source tree around, it's online at

I seem to recall that luatex relaxes some of these limits. You might
want to try that. And/or program your fractal in Lua in the first place
and avoid all these crazy limits.

I'll reply to your font question separately. -k

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