[NTG-context] lmtx

Hans Hagen j.hagen at xs4all.nl
Tue Apr 2 22:19:09 CEST 2019

On 4/2/2019 10:11 PM, Henri Menke wrote:
> On 2/04/19 10:05 PM, Hans Hagen wrote:
>> Hi,
>> So, for those who hesitate to check out lmtx, here is some information.
>> - In order to achieve long term stability context will use a lean and
>> mean variant of luatex (although for now context will keep running on
>> luatex too; i might drop support for luajittex). Eventually the source
>> code will be part of the context distribution so that one can always
>> compile a binary that matches an archived context version.
>> - This version also permits us to experiment (even very extreme) without
>> interupting the parent program luatex, which is now used by other macro
>> packages too and therefore needs to be frozen in functionality. Some
>> features might trickle back into luatex eventually (unless it breaks
>> compatibility).
>> - As a direct effect it means that context does a bit more: creating the
>> pdf file (already most is done anyway in mkiv), dealing with font
>> embedding, handling image inclusion, etc. For sure there can be issues
>> with that but it has run on my machine already for quite a while.
>> - It is hard to be conclusive about performance but for instance the
>> luatex manual processes a bit faster with lmtx as does the test suite. A
>> gain in performance on very demanding documents is also observed by Alan
>> and Thomas. Normally one can expect a similar performance. However, the
>> memory footprint could be a bit smaller.
>> - The current somewhat hybrid codebase of context will stepwise be
>> adapted so that at some point we can start experimenting with some
>> pending ideas. (Which is why i sometimes answer "later this year".)
> Where can I find the C sources for the luametatex engine?
nowhere ... as i mentioned these will become part of the context 
distribution around the ctx meeting (when we also have the compile 
infrastructure ready)

what we offer now is an experimental test release


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