I have a LaTeX document that uses many long pgf paths, and thus compiles only if one increases the TeX "capacity" by setting
Unfortunately I cannot change the system-wide
texmf.cnf directly as I have no root access on my work machine (OpenSuSE 11.3). Is there a way to use a user-defined
texmf.cnf that overrides the limits?
Disclaimer: as pointed out by Juan Navarro in the comments, errors of the form tex capacity exceeded are often caused by syntax errors. Even if you get that error message, 99% of the times the correct thing to do is not increasing capacity.