Re: [dev] Recent vain attempts at suckless Web applications

From: Joseph Xu <>
Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2011 14:41:59 -0500

Here's a little data just to ground things a bit:

$ time dash -c ''

real 0m0.001s
user 0m0.000s
sys 0m0.000s

$ time rc -c ''

real 0m0.002s
user 0m0.000s
sys 0m0.000s

$ time bash -c ''

real 0m0.007s
user 0m0.003s
sys 0m0.000s

$ time python -c ''

real 0m0.028s
user 0m0.017s
sys 0m0.007s

When we're talking about a small script with trivial running time
(which is not necessarily the case here), the 10x slower startup time
for python does make a difference when you're programmatically
executing the script several thousand times. One can argue in that
case that the calling script itself should be written in python to
avoid the repeated start-up, but that breaks modularity. I love python
but on my older machine I definitely feel its "bloat."

On Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 10:30 AM, Kurt H Maier <> wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 9:13 AM, John Yates <> wrote:
>> What is the largest corpus of code you have authored?  What is the
>> largest corpus you did not author yet had to master?  At large scale
>> the choice of language makes a big difference.
> thank you, john, for your completely irrelevant questions, and their
> contributions to this discussion of non-large-scale programming.
> --
> # Kurt H Maier
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