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I've stumbled upon a limitation within BibTeX. I have to cite a medline entry which admittedly has a huge list of authors. When I take them all, LaTeX refuses to compile my document, when they're shortened by half it works flawlessly. Therefore, I assume that I have to recompile BibTeX using bigger constants. Does anyone of you know how to do that ? Btw I'm using the latest MacTex bundle package.

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Unfortunately the size of internal buffers is fixed at compile-time with BibTeX, which is a frequent annoyance. However, there also is the bibtex8 binary available in most TeX distros (including MacTeX), which, besides support for 8-bit character codes, also provides a command line interface for the size of internal data structures.

I commonly use it with the -w or --wolfgang switch, which apparently allocates all buffers in a reasonable size (as, for instance, required for or use with biblatex if one does not want to use the Biber backend).

So before recompiling BibTeX just give a try to bibtex8 -W.

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Hi, thank you very much for your answer. Bibtex8 -W gives me the following error: Warning--you've exceeded 5000, the global-string-size, for entry Sawcer2011 while executing--line 1950 of file dinatetal.bst How do I use biber then ? –  Jan Dec 13 '11 at 11:43
    
@jan: biber only works with biblatex. So if you depend on a specific .bst stile – which seems to be the case – you cannot use biber. –  Simifilm Dec 13 '11 at 12:01
    
Thank you very much. I go and get the authors list shortened. –  Jan Dec 13 '11 at 12:31

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