[XeTeX] little question

jadolov k jadolov.chat at gmail.com
Thu Sep 13 23:15:18 CEST 2007

Dear Jonathan,thanks a lot for answering. Actually, I use the standard xetex
installation that comes with Tex Live 2007; I use the xdvipdfmx via the
TexShop engine. But, unfortunately, the speed ratio is really the one I
mentioned. I thought it was the normal speed in TeX (since I always use
xetex), but once I've tried pdfLaTeX and I have been astonished about the
I will provide an example file soon.
Best wishes,
Artemio Keidan

2007/9/13, Jonathan Kew <jonathan_kew at sil.org>:
> On 13 Sep 2007, at 10:08 am, jadolov k wrote:
> > Hi to everybody
> > I have just a little (may be, rhetorical) question: why is xetex so
> > slow (compared to latex etc)? Especially when I use the SmallCaps
> > feature via fontspec. pdfLaTeX compiles a 100 pages document in a
> > second, while for my xetex installation it takes a second for every
> > page...
> I don't know why using the SmallCaps feature should make a
> significant difference; does this apply to all fonts, or is it
> related to a particular one?
> Which platform are you using? If you're on Mac OS X, you can probably
> get a major speed-up by running xetex with the xdvipdfmx output
> driver instead of the default xdv2pdf. To do that, use the -output-
> driver option, from the command line or via a TeXShop engine or other
> script (depending on your working environment); details have been
> discussed on the list in the past.
> (If you're on another platform, this isn't a factor as there's only
> the one driver available.)
> While xetex is often a bit slower than pdftex, the difference
> shouldn't normally be anywhere near what you describe, so I'm
> wondering if something is odd about your installation. Could you
> provide a .log file so we can see what packages, etc., are being
> used? Do you have a reasonably portable test document (not relying on
> lots of proprietary fonts, etc, and obviously not confidential!) that
> you could share, so I could try it here for comparison?
> JK
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