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Nicholas Clark
February 12, 2001 09:45
Re: Auto-install (was autoloaded...)
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On Mon, Feb 12, 2001 at 12:08:12PM -0500, wrote:
> On Sat, Feb 10, 2001 at 12:58:34AM +0100, Bart Lateur wrote:
> >  * On a currently normal Pentium of 500MHz, 64Mb, ungzipping and
> > untarring a .tgz archive of 250k (the ungzipped file itself is roughly
> > 1.5Mb) takes roughly 1 second. (ONE second!)
> One second is too slow (for a Unix user it is, maybe not for a Windows

> I'm not planning on waiting for Perl 6 to start work on par, so Moore
> isn't with us.

I agree with the "too slow" opinion [mainly because I'm very impatient :-)]

When I last tried it (over a year ago) running the 5.005 regression tests
with the standard libraries coming out of a zip file took about the same
time as running the regression tests with the standard libraries on disk.

[x86 BSD unix, fairly big machine, SCSI disks - something I'd expect to
be good at IO]

The IO gain from having the libraries all in one smaller file rather than
scattered about a bit seemed to offset the CPU loss in having to actually
decompress files rather than just copy them.

Please don't take this as pro-zip anti tar

1: I don't see why we need to decide on actual format right now. Surely
   what we want to be able to do with it is more important?
2: Is this really still language? If not, where should we be discussing it?

Nicholas Clark

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