> < ^ Date: Wed, 26 Aug 1992 15:50:19 +0200
> < ^ From: Steve Linton <sal@dcs.st-and.ac.uk >
> < ^ Subject: Re: Load time for libraries...

What Martin says on this is true for UNIX systems, however
PCs generally have smaller slower hard disks and less efficient
disk handling in the OS. Accordingly, I have found it quite useful
to strip the libraries of comments and spurious space. I have a
small PERL program to do this if anyone wants it.

There is an additional benefit of the load and dump technique
used by EMACS and TeX, which is that, with a little care, most of
the loaded libraries can be marked as 'pure' code, never altered
by the program. This enables multiple users to share a single
copy in memory.


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