[OS X TeX] Timing

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
Wed Feb 22 11:15:10 EST 2006

On Feb 22, 2006, at 11:09 AM, George Gratzer wrote:

> Can anybody explain this?
> I have an article, 18 pages long with thirteen very simple  
> illustrations (they are all present in both eps and pdf formats).
> Typesetting it in TeXShop takes about 10 seconds. If I latex or  
> pdflatex it in the terminal, the typesetting is under 3 seconds.
> Why the discrepancy?
> The Preferences for Engine and Typesetting are out of the box.

Are you displaying the log file?

Hiding that will speed up typesetting, and conversely showing it  
slows it down.

I believe typesetting in TeXshop adds some (negligible?) overhead in  
terms of inter-process communication or some such between the TeXing  
process and TeXshop's display of it (I'm sure someone else will  
provide a more accurate description and terminology).


William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications

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