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Re: Unexpected delay in using arguments.

From: Bize Ma
Subject: Re: Unexpected delay in using arguments.
Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2018 23:00:22 -0400

2018-08-14 11:25 GMT-04:00 Chet Ramey <address@hidden>:

> On 8/12/18 3:16 AM, Bize Ma wrote:
> > Try this script:
> (...)

> Which is a thousand times slower.
> If you build a profiling version of bash, you'll find that about 75% of
> that time is spent copying the list of arguments around

I just don't see why there is any need to copy arguments.
Most other shells seem that they don't do that.

> , since you have
> to save and restore it each time you call f1.

There is no need to "copy", that just waste additional memory.
Just point to a new list of arguments (it is a change of only a memory
Release the memory when the argument list is not being used any more.

> > Bash 5 is even worse, try:
> Bash-5.0-alpha is not a released version, so it uses the debugging malloc.
> If you profile that, you'll find that about 99% of the time is spent
> marking allocations as active and free in the table the bash malloc uses
> to keep track of active memory.

Yes, tests with "--without-bash-malloc" and "RELSTATUS=release" were done
after I posted the OP.

Yes, version 5.0 is not corrected, and looks that it is not "worse".
Sorry for the  misrepresentation.

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