[OS X TeX] benchmarking TeX - need example file

Claus Gerhardt claus.gerhardt at urz.uni-heidelberg.de
Tue Oct 19 18:38:07 CEST 2004


Stephan,

On 19.10.2004, at 17:31, Stephan Hochhaus wrote:

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> Hello Claus,
>
> this file looks as if it's perfect for the job (although it still is 
> 660 kb as a zipped file). If you don't mind I would like to use it as 
> the foundation of my benchmarking endavours (i.e. publish it on a 
> website for public download so people can return their results via a 
> web form).

Fine with me.
>
>> To prepare the file for your benchmarking, first  comment the 
>> metapost command with nowrite - and uncomment the corresponding 
>> command with write -, and run my mpostcpl script; then, do the 
>> comment and uncomment just in reverse. The file is then ready for 
>> normal typesetting.
> Alas, I don't understand why the commenting and uncommenting is 
> necessary. What if I leave these steps out, will the results be 
> uncomparable then?

No, you can have the command

\usepackage[metapost,centeredcaptions]{mfpic}
active, then metapost graphics will be created, but not processed.

>
>> On my machine, G5 at 2.5GHz, a single latex  run (with one of BBEdit 
>> scripts) took 15 sec till the opening of the pdf file in preview.
> Just an FYI: using "time latex hochhaus2.tex" in Terminal I had to 
> wait exactly one and a half minutes (G4/733) until the operation 
> finished.
Here are my results
metapost nowrite
11.970u 0.370s 0:13.34 92.5%    0+0k 0+8io 0pf+0w

I think this means roughly 13 sec, at least that is comparable with the 
result of my stop watch.

metapost write enabled
12.040u 0.510s 0:13.75 91.2%    0+0k 0+9io 0pf+0w

One drawback of this method is that so many messages are written to the 
terminal window.

Claus
>
> Stephan
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