[tex-live] [OS X TeX] Re: Plea/Request: Bibtex with increased BUF_SIZE

Gerben Wierda Gerben.Wierda at rna.nl
Sun Sep 3 10:32:53 CEST 2006

I have no problems increasing this and doing a recompile. But I would 
need to know *exactly* what to change and where as I do not have the 
time to find this out myself. So, this should first be taken up on the 
TeX Live mailing list.

Ladies and gents on texlive: what needs to be changed here and does 
anything need to be changed at all or is it a matter of config values 
at runtime after all?


On Sep 3, 2006, at 00:46, Lee Samuel Finn wrote:

> On 3-sep-2006 at 00:12 Maarten Sneep wrote:
>> On 2-sep-2006, at 23:54, Lee Samuel Finn wrote:
>>> The bibtex BUF_SIZE constant, set at compile time, controls the
>>> maximum size of strings. Unfortunately, in all the assorted
>>> distributions I've been able to find, that size is set too low for
>>> some of my bibtex entries. (Unfortunately I can't make the entries
>>> shorter: they are required that way by the funding agency --- NSF
>> ---
>>> I'm writing a proposal to.) My plea/request: a bibtex that has a
>>> significantly larger BUF_SIZE --- say, at least 20000 (yes - twenty
>>> thousand) and other increased parameter sizes as necessary for this
>>> to work.
>>> It would be wonderful if the assorted tex distributions --- e.g.,
>>> gwTeX, TeXLive --- were to distribute their compiled versions with a
>>> larger BUF_SIZE.
>> Do the work-arounds offered in the FAQ [1] provide a workable
>> alternative for you?
>> Maarten
>> [1] http://www.tex.ac.uk/cgi-bin/texfaq2html?label=bibstrtl
> Unfortunately not. I did try this and, when it didn't do the trick,
> went digging deeper. The problem is the BUF_SIZE compile-time
> constant, which sets the maximum number of characters in an input
> line (or string). Its default value is set in the first instance in
> bibtex.web to 1000, and then changed in bibtex.ch to 5000. I suppose
> that, to do things write, an update to bibtex.ch would be needed:
> then the build of a tex distribution would build a bibtex with the
> appropriate variable size set.
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