The other thing to point out is that the Ada compiler does something.
It doesn't just cram bytes into a binary file.
It checks to see if the bytes are edible first.
"W. Wesley Groleau x4923" <[log in to unmask]> on 06/28/99 09:51:15 AM
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Subject: Re:  Compilation speed data available?
> On a mailing list concerned with another programming language (but not a
> very well-known one*), the following comment appeared today:
> > If you want to see a really slow compiler I suggest
> > you try using ADA (yuk!) if you haven't already.
> I suspect this may be based on not-very-current experience, and I would
> like to provide some solid evidence that Ada compilers need not be slow.
Starting with nothing compiled, on a project with over 17,000 source files
(million-plus SLOC) ....
On a Sun SPARCserver-1000, with one processor, and source files NFS
mounted, and a fairly heavy load from other users (it's one of our main
I ran a script that does gnatmake with optimization for 98 executables.
Took about ten hours. Takes _MUCH_ less (but I don't have exact numbers) on
a four-processor Ultra-2 with source on local disks.
Apex speed on the same source is slower but comparable.