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Re: Simple bash script is slow to execute - appears to be time spent starting commands like ls

On 9/2/09, David Tazartes wrote:
> Bryan Thrall wrote:
> You're right about true being built-in, but we still don't know from
> your examples whether the problem is from forking or from IO. Try
> replacing 'true' in Jeremy's loop with '/bin/true'. Comparison between
> the two should give us an idea of the forking cost, without IO getting
> in the way.
> -----
> I had to reduce to 100 iterations.
> On Linux:
> real    0m0.448s
> user    0m0.244s
> sys     0m0.220s
> On Cygwin:
> real    0m48.411s
> user    0m15.005s
> sys     0m18.520s
> So basically a factor of 100... again points to forking or Vista process
> start slowness.

I couldn't resist playing along at home on a Windows XP machine :)
It doesn't seem to be  just a Windows Vista problem:

$ time for n in $(seq 1 10000); do /bin/true; done

real    3m6.641s
user    5m36.750s
sys     1m49.580s

$ time for n in $(seq 1 10000); do true; done

real    0m0.453s
user    0m0.421s
sys     0m0.046s

$ uname -a
CYGWIN_NT-5.1 33LTLG 1.5.25(0.156/4/2) 2008-06-12 19:34 i686 Cygwin


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