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ConTeXt vs LaTeX compilation time

In the past I used ConTeXt only when some font was not available in LaTeX -- I may probably be wrong -- but my impression is that ConTeXt is compiling faster than LaTeX. For a document that compiles ...
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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?

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 ...