[XeTeX] startup time

Stephen Moye stephenmoye at mac.com
Fri Jul 3 20:59:45 CEST 2020

You might look into making your own .fmt file. I haven't used it myself, but you could take a look at David David Carlisle's 'mylatex.ltx' (https://github.com/davidcarlisle/dpctex/blob/master/carlisle/mylatex.ltx). It seems relatively straightforward and has considerable documentation in it. Additionally: https://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/269048/help-for-using-mylatex-or-mylatexformat


> On Jul 3, 2020, at 2:16 PM, Michael Maxwell <mmaxwell at umd.edu> wrote:
> I've noticed (and you probably have too) that a good proportion--maybe half, for a 30 or so page document--of the runtime for a xelatex document is startup: reading the style files.  Since I re-use the same style files for most papers, I seldom have a mistake in those, so it seems a waste to re-run them every time I want a PDF of a new version of my doc (or every time xetex finds a mistake in my doc).  Is there no way to save the results of loading that, so that it could be re-loaded more quickly next time?
> --
>    Mike Maxwell
>    "I may not remember, but I never forget."
>    --Social Crimes, Jane Stanton Hitchcock

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