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Benchmarking various operations of TeX

TeX offers plenty of ways of doing some things, and it is sometimes difficult to predict which one will be quickest. For instance, how do a macro assignment a toks assignment a macro expansion a ...
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Analog of \pdfelapsedtime for LuaTeX and XeTeX

In pdfTeX, the \pdfelapsedtime primitive gives access to the time since this pdfTeX run was started, in "scaled seconds" (1/65536 seconds). This is useful to benchmark code: repeat it many times, and ...
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Why does it take LuaLaTeX so long to load fonts and can I speed it up?

To test Mico's upcoming selnolig package, I tried out LuaLaTeX. While the overall experience for me as a pdfLaTeX end-user was very similar, I noticed that LuaLaTeX takes a long time to load fonts. ...
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Using shell escape to access system time

In an earlier question, I asked for analogs of \pdfelapsedtime (which measures the time since the start of the current run) in XeTeX and LuaTeX. A LuaTeX solution was provided, and is now part of ...
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How to determine the run time of a loop?

pdfTeX, provides two macros that can be used to determine the time elapsed from a run start. The first one determines the elapsed time in "scaled seconds", that means seconds divided by 65536. ...
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Is it still worthwhile to let TeX try line-breaking without hyphenation?

Here's TeX's line-breaking approach (as I understand it) in a nutshell: If \pretolerance is positive, try to break a paragraph into lines without inserting discretionary hyphens and without ...
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Saving a 100 tokens worth, is it worth it?

The LaTeX kernel defines a number of tokens that are used throughout the LaTeX source and the standard LaTeX classes. For example: \def\hb@xt@{\hbox to} This particular one is commented as: ...