I'm writing in a rather large document, closing to 90 pages soon in PDF format. So far, glossaries have been working wonderfully, but now it seems to be a bit buggy after having so many entries (99 entries right now).

My two latest entries into glossaries were:

\newacronym{radius}{RADIUS}{Remote Authentication Dial-In User Services}
\newacronym{xml}{XML}{Extensible Markup Language}

None of these get printed out on the first use (when using \gls command), but all the earlier entries do. It's like glossaries can't handle that many entries and it breaks.

I would insert some example code, but I don't know where to start.

  • I doubt that this is an error with glossaries. I am sure glossaries can handle much more than 99 entries. You should provide us with more information!
    – user31729
    Commented May 9, 2016 at 13:07
  • Things to check: have you defined all your entries in the preamble? Has makeindex/xindy reported any errors or warnings? (Check the transcript file, which probably has the extension .glg or .alg.) Commented May 9, 2016 at 13:20
  • @ChristianHupfer What information do you need?
    – morxy49
    Commented May 9, 2016 at 13:35
  • @NicolaTalbot No, they are placed in a file called glosario.tex. Transcript file says: This is makeindex, version 2.15 [TeX Live 2015] (kpathsea + Thai support). Scanning style file ./report.ist.............................done (29 attributes redefined, 0 ignored). Scanning input file report.glo....done (518 entries accepted, 0 rejected). Sorting entries.......done (5098 comparisons). Generating output file report.gls....done (293 lines written, 0 warnings). Output written in report.gls. Transcript written in report.glg.
    – morxy49
    Commented May 9, 2016 at 13:38
  • How do you load glosario.tex? (\input or \loadglsentries?) Commented May 9, 2016 at 13:43

2 Answers 2


This is too long for a comment, but just to confirm that glossaries doesn't have a problem with 100 entries, here's a test document that defines and uses 1000 sample entries (defined with \newglossaryentry) and 1000 sample abbreviations (defined with \newacronym). All 2000 entries are correctly displayed.








  description={sample description \number\myctr}}
 \advance\myctr by 1\relax


 \advance\myctr by 1\relax


  • You've already confirmed in the comments that all entries have been defined in the preamble, so we can discount document definitions as the problem.

  • If the above test document works fine for you, then we can discount any possible issues with your distribution.

  • [Edit] Another test: you mentioned that the problematic entries aren't showing the full form on first use. Have you used them in a \section or \chapter? If so and you have a table of contents, then Glossaries and custom section headings broken might be the cause.

The next step is unfortunately rather tedious, but only you can do it, and that's to create a MWE that demonstrates the problem. Either:

  • Build up a test file, starting with your problematic entries and the context in which you use them (for example, if you are using them within a command argument or an environment), or

  • Hack down.

  • The test document works fine. Well, i do have chapters and sections where \gls is used in for example the title of a section, but those work fine. The problematic \gls entries which aren't showing the full form on first use are just in regular text. The only thing special i can see is that they're inside a tabularx environment. EDIT: Well, that's it. I found the problem. Apparently \gls entries inside a tabularx environment doesn't show full form on first use. If i move it outside it works! How would one solve this problem?
    – morxy49
    Commented May 10, 2016 at 8:48
  • @morxy49 See glossaries: fail to expand in tabularx Commented May 10, 2016 at 10:05
  • Sorry, I don't see the solution in that thread. I don't understand what is making it work in the answer provided.
    – morxy49
    Commented May 10, 2016 at 10:39
  • @morxy49 David, who provided that answer, is the author of tabularx, so he's the better person to explain. Perhaps ask him in a comment to his answer. Did you try out his solution? It should work even though it seems a little obscure. As far as I can guess it suppresses \glsunset on the trial run of tabularx, which was the cause of the problem. Commented May 10, 2016 at 11:36
  • I had this same problem when I used a \gls acronym entry in a \subsection definition. In hindsight this was not such a good idea as I did not want the acronym to appear in the section title.
    – gone
    Commented Apr 29, 2018 at 7:49

The command \glsunsetall stops LateX from printing the full form of any glossary. To stop this effect, find and comment/remove it anywhere it appears in your text.

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