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Preparing the vector PBF tiles is the first step. The MapBox Studio Classic is able to generate for you the vector PBF tiles (packed in MBTiles format) from any vector source (ShapeFiles, PostGIS, ...) and is quite easy to use. Under the hood it does the rendering with the mapnik+mapnik-vector-tile as you mentioned wrapped in tilelive (so scripting is ...
Check whether you accidentally set a limit on how many features might be labelled. There's a check box under the layer properties | labels | Rendering. It reads "Limit the number of features to be labelled to". See the image:
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