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Re: fiat mode on regarding WWW and documentation

Bruce Perens wrote:

> the server. Sure, using a direct browser is potentially faster, so use one
> when you can, don't make everyone use one.

A web browser is not much faster. Please read these timings made in a
386 SX-25 with 5MB RAM:

/tmp$ time lynx -dump \
http://localhost/cgi-bin/man2html/usr/man/man1/telnet.1.gz >/dev/null
5.98user 82.76system 1:36.40elapsed 92%CPU (0avgtext+0avgdata 0maxresident)k
0inputs+0outputs (360major+74minor)pagefaults 0swaps

/tmp$ time lynx -dump telnet.html.gz >/dev/null
6.81user 83.47system 1:33.22elapsed 96%CPU (0avgtext+0avgdata 0maxresident)k
0inputs+0outputs (550major+147minor)pagefaults 0swaps

Lynx accessing the pre-converted file directly only gains you 3 seconds
out of 93.

/tmp$ time snarf \
http://localhost/cgi-bin/man2html/usr/man/man1/telnet.1.gz - >/dev/null
0.12user 0.12system 0:03.30elapsed 7%CPU (0avgtext+0avgdata 0maxresident)k
0inputs+0outputs (74major+16minor)pagefaults 0swaps

Snarf was useful to show that the overhead of boa in a 386 SX-25 is _minimal_
compared both to man and lynx.


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