There is a weird bug where the \tableofcontents (toc) won't show up, when I use the packages reledpar, biblatex and arabtex simultaneously. Instead I get these two error messages:

"No room for a new \write. \tableofcontents"


"Bad number (16). \tableofcontents"

Here is the MWE:


    \section{Hello there}
    Hello and \textit{\RL{'hlAn}} to you!

When deactivating one of those packages the toc shows up fine. Any ideas why these errors occur and how to solve them?

  • 1
    With \usepackage{morewrites} you can get around the limited number of \writes. Related tex.stackexchange.com/q/289734/35864 – moewe Nov 22 '17 at 16:03
  • 2
    reledmac and reledpar request quite a number or \writes. arabtex also requires two. biblatex needs one and loads xstring which uses another one. If you load all of these packages and request a toc you cross the magic number of 16 writes and get an error. morewrites allows you to ignore the limit of 16 \writes. – moewe Nov 22 '17 at 16:18
  • 1
    It is true, but there is reledmac options which are better than morewrites package. See my answer. – Maïeul Nov 22 '17 at 23:00
  • Thanks for the comments and the answer! I'm not really deep into LaTeX and didn't know of those "16 writes". I will definitely try your different options. If I don't write anymore on this topic, consider it solved. – Latin-TeX Nov 23 '17 at 10:41

As explained by moewe, your combination of all these packages make you need to many \write room.

You could use morewrites package, but you will get a very slow run. It is better to optimize your reledmac setting to avoid not need rule.

Reading § 4.2 of reledmac handbook, (that you would have find if you have looked for "room" in the reledmac handbook), you should use these options when loading :

  • noend if you don't use endnotes
  • noeledsec if you don't use eledsection tools
  • series={A} if you use only A series of notes, series={A,B} if you use only A and B series of notes, etc.

There are other optimization options, that you should look on, but only these three ones have impact in no room for a new \write problem.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.