[NTG-pdftex] processing speed

Taco Hoekwater taco at elvenkind.com
Fri May 29 10:58:22 CEST 2009



The Thanh Han wrote:
> On Fri, May 29, 2009 at 01:05:40AM +0200, Reinhard Kotucha wrote:
>> Hi,
>> did anybody observe already that pdftex gets slower and slower when
>> processing huge documents?
>>
>> [...]
>>
>> You'll see that at the beginning Knuth's TeX and pdfTeX need
>> approximately the same amount of time to process one \input file.
>> But while Knuth's TeX needs the same amount of time to process any
>> \input file, the amount of time pdfTeX needs increases steadily.
> 
> I confirm this symptom with pdftex-1.40.9. Not sure what is the
> cause yet...

Ah now I have it too (after a much longer run). Is it string pool
growth maybe (from the \input file names)?

Best wishes,
Taco



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