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LaTeX: precompile document to reuse inside a C++ program [duplicate]

I've made a C++ program with uses a LaTeX template for creating PDF documents. I open the file, replace some placeholders written inside the .tex document with values of a DB, and then, I compile the ...
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Runtime of the TeX family

I have been searching in vain for statistics about the runtime of pdfTeX, LuaTeX and XeTeX. My impression is that (ordering by increasing runtime), LuaTeX > XeTeX > pdfTeX, but exactly how big is this ...
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Pdflatex on file with large amount of pictures

I have a tex file that's generated by an automated bioinformatics pipeline as a report. Usually, this is roughly 50-150 pages, but that's based on 1-3 samples. It contains many quality control graphs. ...
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Kile takes a long time to run PDFLaTeX for my thesis

It takes ~15-30 seconds to run PDFLaTeX for my PhD thesis. This is killing my productivity. Each included chapter is called, e.g., \include{theory}, and the relevant .tex file starts with the ...
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What to \input and what to \include in a very large document?

I have a large notebook (~300 pages and growing at ~50 per month) with: Deep hierarchy (I use parts, chapters, sections, subsections, subsubsections and paragraphs) Document is broken into many ...
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Why is LuaLaTeX so slow and is there anything I can do about it?

A while back I started bumping into issues with LuaLaTex and switched to compiling a project in XeLaTeX. Since then it seems most of my issues have been resolved upstream or are fixable one way on ...
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LuaLaTex is consuming 40 sec .. is there a way to reduce

I'm currently using, MikTex with LuaLaTex as compiler. When provided with the .TEX file, it is taking about 40 sec time (approx.) Is there a way to reduce this time? The point here is, this process ...
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Why does biber increase compilation time of pdflatex runs dramatically (factor 2.8!!)?

Since I am using biber, the compilation time for my document has increased dramatically. It's a dissertation with <300 pages and a full latexmk compilation suddenly needed 26 minutes which is not ...
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pdflatex suddenly takes much longer to compile document - how to find the reason?

I've done some major changes in my document (dissertation, nearly 300 pages) and now compiling time has increased nearly by factor 3! One pdflatex run took normally less than 3 minutes before and now ...
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Difference in compilation time between two slightly different versions

This question is a byproduct of earlier questions: Creating a list of labels automatically for use by datatool and Automatically creating a table from datatool using references in the text. Here is a ...
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unicode-math + siunitx + lualatex = long compile times. Why?

The following MWE, compiled under several situations (with appropriate lines removed) gives the following timings (with all output files removed between runs), as timed by Measure-Command on Windows 7 ...
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Document using datatool is slow to compile

The following document uses the datatool package, and is slow to compile, though the resulting PDF file is only 3 pages long. On my computer it takes of the order of 17 sec. I'm hoping for suggestions ...
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Compile extremely large file into pdf

I am using Django and it's templating system to dynamically generate Latex and then compiling it with pdflatex, which works great. The problem is when the latex that gets generated is 30,000+ lines ...
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Speed up CSV loading with datatools package?

I am using the datatool package to read some CSV files. I've used the csvsimple package before, which I finally managed to break by adding more and more requirements to the mix. Now I'd like to switch ...
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LuaLaTeX performance with RAMdisk

This question may seem like it's been asked a million times over, but the relevant questions tackle XeLaTeX or plain LaTeX. What I want to know is if moving any filesystems/file locations to a ...
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Does LaTeX really perform worse than Word? [closed]

A new study in PLOS ONE1 concludes that even novice MS Word users perform better than expert LaTeX users in document creation. I have read the article and I feel like I have identified some flaws in ...
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Laptop recommendation for LaTeX [closed]

so I am trying to get a laptop (or tablet, any portable device) that will be almost solely used for LaTeX. My highest priority are weight, battery life, and then cost, which I think could bring down ...
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big pdf size due to many small colored boxes

additional info at bottom I was going to use \colorboxes in verbatim mode, one per letter, but this increased significantly the size of pdf (produced via latex+dvipdfmx but pdflatex is similar, and I ...
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Which constructs would cause a long compile time in a Document?

I have a friend which writes a rather long document. By now he has about 130 (PDF) Pages. He uses TexWorks on Windows and his document takes sometimes up to 2 - 3 minutes until it is compiled. I'm ...
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XeLaTeX and LuaLaTeX: which is faster?

Beacuse I typeset in Japanese, I don't use LaTeX and now want to know which compiles faster: XeLaTeX or LuaTeX? Is Lua language allows to make the compile faster?
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How to optimize pdf with many links and simple pages

So... I can play tic-tac-toe (naughts and crosses) in a pdf: each board configuration is one page, and each cell of the board is a link which goes to the page corresponding to playing that move. The ...
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Performance question - Tabularx or manual column width calculation?

I'm using the tabularx package and the provided X column type to get dynamic column widths. Since the pdflatex run takes longer and longer, I'm wondering whether it would be faster to use an ...
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Why is compiling latex in OSX significantly slower than on linux, in a virtual machine, on the same computer? [closed]

I have a computer with OSX Mavericks (10.9) running on it, as well as a debian wheezy VM on the same machine, assigned a conservative 2/8 of the cores, and 4Gb/16Gb ram. On the VM I have texlive-base ...
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Parsing question: Do curly braces affect LaTeX compilation time?

I have an old and slow computer and long LaTeX files. When typing I prefer to use \frac 1{x} instead of \frac{1}{x} or x_i instead of x_{i}. Does the presence or omission of curly braces in these ...
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Faster compiling [duplicate]

I'm writing at my thesis and it has now about 60 pages.. When I want to compile it (to pdf), it lasts about 20 seconds.. Is it normal? I think, the included graphics costs a lot of time?! ...
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How to implement (low-level) arrays in TeX

Update: I have revised my question based on the comment by Bruno Le Floch and some further research. As some may know, I'm implementing a huge TeX macro package which has to do a lot of internal ...
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Could significant speedups be gained from package code minification?

Wikipedia: Minification is (also minimisation or minimization), in computer programming languages and especially JavaScript, is the process of removing all unnecessary characters from source code ...
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TikZ: compilation time performance of decorations

I want to produce a picture that contains lots of two-part cylinder-kind shapes (maybe about 200) along certain paths. Here is an example of such a shape: \documentclass{standalone} ...
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Typesetting and Engine settings that can help improve compile time?

Are there any specific options that I can enable or disable to improve compiling time ? I don't understand most of what is included in the settings so I can't decide on my own (new LaTeX user here). ...
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Determine required number of pdflatex runs to generate complete document [closed]

Background Looking to generate a PDF using latexmk. The LaTeX document, which is automatically generated from a web-based application, will include many large images, Tikz graphics, table of ...
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Tips for choosing hardware for best LaTeX compile performance

Which things should one have in mind when one wants to buy new hardware optimized for best (pdf)latex performance? For example one might think the more cores on your cpu the better. But since latex ...
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Do the online LaTeX compilers use a TeX daemon to speed up their compilation?

There seem to be quite a few fabulous web-sites now that compile LaTeX online. I was wondering what techniques these sites used to speed up compilation of documents. It would seem they would be ...
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Speeding up latex/lua/tikz

I have a rather large LaTeX document in that it generates a lot of LaTeX code using lua (small .tex file on disk but large amount of generated LaTeX code). It is very slow to compile and takes about 1 ...
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Performance of LaTeX and other TeX derivatives

I need to generate thousands of pdf reports, based on some data. Right now I am using pdflatex for this. Are there differences in performance between pdflatex and other TeX derivatives? My content is ...
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How to make the amsxtra \accentedsymbol work with subscripts etc.?

The amsxtra package provides the \accentedsymbol command which typesets the argument and stores the result. This can speed up LaTeX compilation significantly if lots of accents etc. are used ...
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Speed up LaTeX compilation on a document with lots of automatically created tables

I know that similar ground has been covered before (e.g. Speeding up LaTeX compilation), but this question is more specific. I want to create some reports programmatically, so I wrote a program that ...
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Performance of TeXLive 2011 on Ubuntu 11.10

I'm comparing the performance of the TeXLive 2009 packages that come with Ubuntu 11.10, to the TeXLive 2011 packages that are installed directly from TeXLive on an x86_64 platform. To my great ...
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Most efficient way to reverse a token list (tail recursion)

Goal: reverse a list of characters, going from \def\mylist{abcdefgh} to \def\mylist{hgfedcba}. This is easy using a marker which does not appear in the list, such as \relax: \def\mylist{abcdefgh} ...
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Speed of LaTeX compilation: Linux versus Windows 7 [closed]

Is it everybody's experience that LaTeX documents compile much more slowly on Windows 7 than on Linux generally, all things being equal? Is speed of compilation affected by the LaTeX editor I use, or ...
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How do I speed-up latex compile time? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Speeding up LaTeX compilation Currently am using Miktex and TexNicCenter to create pdf files including vector(.eps) and raster(.png) images. Compile time is about 6 ...
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How can I create PDF & EPS exactly as big as my PSTricks picture but without using pdfcrop?

This question is made to accompany the existing question: How can I create a pdf document exactly as big as my tikz picture?. Constraints: It is not allowed to use pdfcrop by any means whatsoever. ...
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How costly is it to store content in a box register?

I wonder how costly it is in terms of compilations speed and also other terms like memory etc., to store some content in a box and use this box then afterwards only once (or maybe twice). Is the ...
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Why does xelatex execute much much slower than latex-dvips-ps2pdf?

I have done a benchmark on the same machine for the same input file. I got surprised, the time needed by xelatex is almost 2.9 times as the time needed by latex-dvips-ps2pdf. For the sake of ...
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Speeding up LaTeX compilation

Usually I don't mind about LaTeX's compilation speed, because a paper of less than 20 pages is compiled rather fast. However, I am working on a large document - A report with more than 80 pages. ...
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xelatex+fontspec is slow (after a fast xelatex -no-pdf)

xelatex -no-pdf blazes through a single page diagram using pstricks+fontspec but xdvipdfmx on the .xdv output is VERY slow (about 20 seconds delay). Using xdvipdfmx -E -vv efa.xdv makes me think ...
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How to manage a document with a huge number of PSTricks figures?

I am writing a mathematics book that makes use of a huge number of PSTricks pictures. For the sake of re-usability and maintaining separation of concern, I always put the self-contained PSTricks code ...
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How to speed up a large plot?

I have a large plot. It is a big file and it renders slowly. What is the best method to slim it down without loosing to much of its visual properties ? I know that PDF and PS support cubic splines. ...
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Are there LaTeX performance profiling tools?

The most obvious way to speed up LaTeX processing is to split a large and complex document into smaller pieces. For example, Makefiles, \beginpgfgraphicnamed/\endpgfgraphicnamed when using TiKZ, and ...