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Re: On being web-friendly and why info must die

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: On being web-friendly and why info must die
Date: Mon, 08 Dec 2014 23:29:42 -0800
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David Engster wrote:
  ~/git-2.2.0/Documentation> time asciidoc -b html user-manual.txt
  asciidoc -b html user-manual.txt  7.26s user 0.02s system 90% cpu 8.068 total

That's for 4.5k lines.

  ~/emacs/doc/misc> time makeinfo --html gnus.texi
  makeinfo --html gnus.texi  2.00s user 0.04s system 85% cpu 2.385 total

That's for 30k lines. Yes, that's texinfo4, of course

That's a bit unfair to Texinfo, since gnus.texi @includes other files, and one should count all its input lines. Conversely, Texinfo 4 is no longer maintained and misses some useful new features, so one should measure Texinfo 5, which is waaayyy slooower. Furthermore, the (newer) asciidoctor is an order of magnitude faster than the (older) asciidoc, and it's not entirely fair to be using the way-slower variant in a benchmark.

So overall I'm afraid the above numbers don't mean all that much.

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