[OS X TeX] Next generation TeX

Chris Skeels Chris.Skeels at unimelb.edu.au
Tue Sep 7 01:51:36 CEST 2004


On 07/09/2004, at 8:46 AM, ADITYA D TRIVEDI wrote:

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> 6) Faster TeX? TeX in a way acts like an interpreted language. If  
> there is a way to compile different files in a binary format to  
> improve speeds, that might help. This will help a great deal in large  
> projects. I know about the \include and \includeonly statements.  
> However a lot more in terms of speed is desired.

I certainly agree with this point but it is worth pointing out that it  
is possible to build custom formats using initex.  For big projects,  
where there may be many packages that are included in every run this  
does provide very substantial speed gains.  For those who haven't seen  
this before, the OzTeX manual gives a neat description.

Cheers, Chris.

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