# Question on endless footnotes

I'm currently using the package:

\renewcommand{\thefootnote}{\fnsymbol{footnote}}


However, after adding quite of few of these footnotes in my text, I'm now getting the following error:

LaTeX Error: Counter too large.

See the LaTeX manual or LaTeX Companion for explanation. Type H for immediate help. ...

                                               l.210 ...tween supernovae Type II events\footnote{
One recent notable superno...


Essentially, the count for my number of footnotes has exceeded the number of symbols in the fnsymbol package.

Would anyone know how to reset the count after the number of symbols used has been exceeded?

P.S. I really like adding lots of footnotes!

• Is this an acceptable solution? – campa Feb 25 '16 at 16:54
• @campa Acceptable, but how would I modify this to reset after say 'x' number of pages? (x=5,10) etc – user3125347 Feb 25 '16 at 16:56

If you use a standard class, you can do like this:

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{etoolbox,pdftexcmds}
\makeatletter
\patchcmd{\footnote}
{\stepcounter\@mpfn}
{\stepcounter\@mpfn\check@overflow\@mpfn}
{}{}
\newcommand{\check@overflow}{%
\ifnum\pdf@strcmp{\@mpfn}{footnote}=\z@
\ifnum\value{footnote}>9
\setcounter{footnote}{1}%
\fi
\fi
}
\makeatother

\renewcommand{\thefootnote}{\fnsymbol{footnote}}

\begin{document}

x\footnote{1}
x\footnote{2}
x\footnote{3}
x\footnote{4}
x\footnote{5}
x\footnote{6}
x\footnote{7}
x\footnote{8}
x\footnote{9}
x\footnote{10}
x\footnote{11}
x\footnote{12}
x\footnote{13}

\end{document}


But your readers won't be happy: besides lots of footnotes, you lose the ability of distinguishing between them. Use numbers.

Footnote symbols are good if there's at most to or three footnotes in a page and not on every page. All other usages should be with numbers.

• Accepted late last night on the phone app, but wanted to say thank you for your help in person. Many thanks. Worked perfectly. – user3125347 Feb 26 '16 at 9:47