Using the \import command (instead of the \input command) in order to be able to use relative paths is in some situations very convenient for me. However, it seems that, in particular for large documents with many \import commands, this seems to slow down the typesetting.

Can anyone confirm this observation or explain this behaviour. Thanks in advance. Manuel

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import is a very small package which is just a minor, mostly cosmetic, re-arrangement of the file handling. So it will have a theoretical but probably not measurable effect on the timing of actual \input (the time to access the filesystem and load the file will vastly out weigh any differences in the tex macro layer due to the package) and it will have no effect at all on the processing of any tex macros within the file once loaded.

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