[tex-live] running programs from texlive tlc2

Tigran Aivazian tigran at aivazian.fsnet.co.uk
Thu Dec 9 13:06:07 CET 2004

also, when I mentioned 1 hour I counted the time it takes for all _three_ 
runs, not a single run. Assuming each run taking the same amount of time 
it means a single pdfLaTeX run on Hebrew OT takes only about 20 minutes 
(on 600MHz Celeron).

On Thu, 9 Dec 2004, Tigran Aivazian wrote:

> On Thu, 9 Dec 2004, Sebastian Rahtz wrote:
>> Anyway, I am _still_ puzzled by these huge LaTeX runs. Since
>> I started with TeX in the mid 80s on floppy disks, I don't
>> think I have _ever_ seen a TeX run take more than an hour.
>> The TeX book takes 3 seconds on this box, and generates 483 pages.
>> Lets assume that your whatever bible has approx the same number
>> of final pages, and takes 3 hours. That means your macros are
>> *3 and a half thousand* times more complicated than Knuth's.
>> I just cannot conceive what they are doing!
> Sebastian, you are very welcome to have an ssh account on my development box 
> and try it for yourself (if/when you have spare time).
> All you need to do is to email me (privately) with your static IP address (so 
> I enable the firewall to pass you through) and what you want your login name 
> to be.
> Alternatively I can send the source code of the most complex of my Bibles 
> (Hebrew OT) but in order to compile it you need Tiqwah by Yannis Haralambous 
> (plus Tiqwah Type 1 fonts which I produced, but these I'll send you if you 
> have Tiqwah already). I can't send Tiqwah to anyone because I promised 
> Yannis. And you can't copy Tiqwah out of my box because it is "hardwired" to 
> only run on it.
> Then you can have a look and see if you can speed it up or explain why it is 
> taking so long.
> Of course I know that you are extremely busy with your responsibilities and 
> there are more important things to do, but there is a chance that it is a 
> genuine TeX or LaTeX bug which only shows up in my Bibles --- in the past I 
> did discover obscure bugs, so it is a possibility...
> Kind regards
> Tigran

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