[Ecls-list] About the myth of slow starting

Gabriel Dos Reis gdr at integrable-solutions.net
Sat Jun 5 17:44:55 UTC 2010

On Sat, Jun 5, 2010 at 12:13 PM, Andy Hefner <ahefner at gmail.com> wrote:
> I wasn't aware ECL had a reputation for slow startup times. It

ECL minimal core per see may not take that long to start.
But, applications built with ECL with many modules or FASLs
tend to take long to start (compared to SBCL).  Examples are
the AXIOM systems built with ECL.

> certainly starts up fast enough for my purposes. On the other hand,
> perhaps just to play devil's advocate, I'd argue that if it takes long
> enough to measure, it's slow. After all, it hasn't done any useful
> work for the user yet at that point. It hardly seems like something
> worth optimizing, though.

my question is: is there anything that can be done for fast module

> Incidentally, it doesn't start so quickly on Mac OS X (tested on my
> Core i5 Macbook Pro):
> $ uname -a
> Darwin Mothership.local 10.3.1 Darwin Kernel Version 10.3.1: Mon Mar
> 22 15:13:15 PDT 2010; root:xnu-1504.3.52~1/RELEASE_I386 i386
> $ time ecl -norc -eval '(quit)'
> real    0m0.136s
> user    0m0.098s
> sys     0m0.026s

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