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Is it possible to tell the LaTeX command not to use line breaks in its console / log output?

This would make it easier to automate the processing of the log file, e.g. extracting the names of missing graphics files like in this output

! LaTeX Error: File `figures/triggers/muontriggers/notmu18_medium_mu10_loose/2d
map_abs_eta_phi.pdf' not found.

which are otherwise cut into pieces and unnecessarily difficult to grep etc.

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You can modify the texmf.cnf variables error_line and max_print_line, adding to the "local" texmf.cnf file, whose location depends on the distribution you're using; for TeX Live it is

/usr/local/texlive/2011/texmf.cnf

and the lines to be added are

max_print_line=1000
error_line=254
half_error_line=238

The first number is actually arbitrary, but 1000 seems to be sufficient. The error_line variable must be less than 255 and the maximum value of half_error_line is less than error_line-15

For experimenting you can also set the variables in the environment; assuming a Bash shell,

export max_print_line=1000
export error_line=254
export half_error_line=238
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    export max_print_line=1000 works perfect for me. Thanks. – fuenfundachtzig Apr 26 '12 at 14:41
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    For me too, but I had to include it to Makefile or bashrc. The texmf.cnf file seems to be ignored. – Michal Kováč Feb 28 '15 at 17:40
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    This may be useful: export max_print_line=$(expr $(tput cols) - 1) (terminal-width - 1). Of course, the expr can be removed for full-width. – sivizius Jun 24 '18 at 16:29
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In MiKTeX you can use the option --max-print-line=140 to get longer log lines. This will also affect the output in the command line window but only if have enlarged it before.

  • I couldn't find the text.mf file on Windows. I made it to work from Texworks. Just modified the max_print_line parameter from "C:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.9\miktex\config\texmfapp.ini" file. – Gabriel Belingueres Nov 8 '16 at 23:40

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