[metapost] TeX and MF: Fast-loading of core image

Taco Hoekwater taco at elvenkind.com
Wed Jan 5 18:10:14 CET 2005

Laurence Finston wrote:

> What about TeX and MF?  Do you (or does anybody) happen to know what
> current distributions do?

I know what web2c-based distro's do: they convert Knuth's pascal code to
the  C source output, then allow the C compiler gcc to compile it into the
executable. Which is just another way of saying that they do nothing
special at all.

If you really want to try to implement dumping, look for 'ready_already'
in the web source, and combine the code & explanation at those locations
with the code & explanation from the README in that archive I gave you
the link to. If that doesn't help you figure it out, nothing else will.

Greetings, Taco

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