[tex-live] texdoc in luatex

Robin Fairbairns Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk
Tue Jun 26 13:32:19 CEST 2007

Martin Schröder <martin at oneiros.de> wrote:

> 2007/6/26, Frank Küster <frank at kuesterei.ch>:
> > > Decompressing pdfs on the fly will cost time as PDFs have to be
> > > decompressed completely before they can be read (unless they are
> > > linearized).
> >
> > Is that a real problem on an installed system or the Live DVD?
> Always. Non-linearized pdfs are first read from the end to find the
> xref table, and then you access indivial objects. So you need tmp
> space (either in memory or on disc) -- you can't work on streams. For
> linearized pdfs this is different, but since almost nobody produces
> them (pdftex doesn't) we can ignore them.

fwiw, i do, when generating docs to go on ctan.  since i also do that
for ctan packages whose authors have chosen not to bother, the number of
linearised pdfs on ctan may even reached the point where they would show
up in a quick statistical survey ;-)


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