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I am curious whether or not there is a drawback when we always load pst-all. Is there such a drawback or side effect?

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It's like loading all libraries of TikZ. Unnecessary macro definitions, dimensions etc. that probably never used. – percusse Aug 29 '12 at 9:56
@percusse: It makes the EPS file size bigger? – kiss my armpit Aug 29 '12 at 9:57
Think of opening a .txt file in Word 2012, typing some more words, and closing. Now imagine you do the same via Notepad. That's an exaggerated difference though the outcome is the same. – percusse Aug 29 '12 at 9:59
@GarbageCollector: the file size is nowadays no more a problem ... – Herbert Aug 29 '12 at 11:39
up vote 6 down vote accepted

pst-all is not really all. It means more or less all basic packages. In general it makes no sense to use it. Especially when you are in a development phase where you often search for errors. Then it is easier to comment out single packages.

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