[OS X TeX] Slow MacTeX 2008

Justin C. Walker justin at mac.com
Thu Oct 30 01:15:49 CET 2008

On Oct 28, 2008, at 11:05 , David B. Thompson, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, CFM  

> On Oct 28, 2008, at 09:49, Justin C. Walker wrote:
>> What is your desktop system (processor, speed)?  And what version  
>> of Mac OS X are you running?
>> FWIW, there are tools that can help with this.  I would start with  
>> "fs_usage", which will print all file-system-related system calls,  
>> together with the time taken for each, and the file, if any,  
>> involved.
> I'm running a PowerMac dual G5, 2.0 GHz, OS X 10.5.5 and it's patched.
> It's funny -- I've been using unix (linux) for nearly 15 years and  
> OS X for about five years and am still learning things about  
> *nix! :) I kinda like that.

Me too :-}  Most of the Mac OS X performance utilities and apps were,  
of course, developed for Mac OS X and were not available on other  
systems, but in general, poking around in the lower drawers of the  
system will always pay dividends (and lost time)...


Justin C. Walker, Curmudgeon at Large
Institute for the Absorption of Federal Funds
If it weren't for carbon-14, I wouldn't date at all.

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