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Re: [Orgmode] Exporting org to LaTeX to PDF: headings do not convert to

From: Carsten Dominik
Subject: Re: [Orgmode] Exporting org to LaTeX to PDF: headings do not convert to sections
Date: Thu, 21 May 2009 16:52:28 +0200

Replying to my own message:

On May 21, 2009, at 4:27 PM, Carsten Dominik wrote:

Hi Alan,

this is a fundamental limitation in LaTeX

See http://www.tex.ac.uk/cgi-bin/texfaq2html?label=toodeep

The only thing you can do in Org is to increase the number of headline levels to the maximum possible:


is I think the maximum you can get.  You cal also create a
LaTeX class with more headline leves and push H even further.
I believe there are some clases which provide at least subsubparagraph.

If you have a good idea how to represent deeper levels in LaTeX, maybe we
can do something clever in the LaTeX exporter.

Besides this, I see no further way out of this problem.

I just realize that your question provides the answer to a question
I had for a long time:  Why did Bastien implement lower
levels in the LaTeX export as {description} lists instead of
{itemize} lists.  Now I know the answer:  Because the number of levels
in a description list is not limited.

I recently changed Bastien's code to use itemize instead, for
consistence with HTML export.  Fortunately I left the old code
in, with a customization option.  Please try:

(setq org-export-latex-low-level 'description)

- Carsten


- Carsten

On May 21, 2009, at 3:50 PM, Alan E. Davis wrote:

An outline, when exported as PDF, shows no sections. When exporting to LaTeX, the following message is received:

  ERROR: LaTeX Error: Too deeply nested.

  --- TeX said ---

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

  l.110 \begin{itemize}

  --- HELP ---
There are too many list-making environments nested within one another. How many levels of nesting are permitted may depend upon what computer you are using, but at least four levels are provided, which should be

When I am able to clear out a couple of levels of /begin{itemize}, LaTeX does compile, and produces a file with sections as expected.

Is there a solution, or something I ought to know?

I have tried to set some options, like sec:5, in the outline, but to no effect. In the PDF, instead of sections with numbers, one finds several stars, as though this were an ascii export.

Thank you for any advice.

Alan Davis

It is undesirable to believe a proposition when
there is no ground whatsoever for supposing it is true.
   ---- Bertrand Russell

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