LaTeX tikz main_memory problems on OS X


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Today I had to increase the main memory of my LaTeX installation yet another time and it required quite a while to collect the information again. Therefore, I am pasting my steps here as a future reference.

First of all, this is the error message I try to get rid of:

! TeX capacity exceeded, sorry [main memory size=5000000].

It is caused by my tikz figures that have been created using the tikzDevice package for R.

I fixed my problem using the following steps:

  • Open the specific texmf.cnf and go to line 697:
sudo vim /usr/local/texlive/2013/texmf-dist/web2c/texmf.cnf +697
  • Change the value main_memory to 9 000 000 (was enough for me).
  • Run fmutil helper script:
sudo fmtutil-sys --all

After that LaTeX ran fine again.
That’s it,