Subject: Re: xemacs on Alpha
To: None <>
From: Andrew Isaacson <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 10/01/1998 16:43:49
On Thu, Oct 01, 1998 at 12:44:16PM -0700, Tim Rightnour wrote:
> On 01-Oct-98 nm spoke unto us all:
> #  So the problem lies in the 'dumping' process?  what is the dumping process
> #  anyway?
> I think it has something to do with bringing the size down of the executable..
> not sure exactly what it's doing in there though..

Instead of interpreting all of the initialization startup code every
time you load emacs, the build process makes a 'temacs' executable,
which loads and interprets the initialization code, and then "dumps" a
snapshot of its memory image out to disk.  So the [x]emacs binary you
end up with has pre-executed elisp code in it.

Obviously dumping is a very system-dependent process.

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