How Fast is Running Perl in Cygwin or Using NTFS on Linux? (The Price You Pay for Layers and Emulations)

By Xah Lee. Date:

Here's a speed comparison of running a Perl script on Microsoft Windows vs Linux, using native vs non-native port, and using native vs non-native file system.


Tech Detail

The Perl script validates local links of HTML files. The script goes over 8.2k HTML files. Files that don't end in “.html” are skipped by regex. (there are a total of 23.3k files. 3.1 Giga bytes (lots image files))

linux, everything native.
real    0m6.608s
user    0m5.844s
sys     0m0.448s

Linux, over NTFS
real    8m11.333s
user    0m44.507s
sys     0m50.135s

Strawberry Perl.

real 35s

Cygwin Perl, using unix style dir path. For example, $inDirPath = "/cygdrive/c/Users/h3/web/";

real    0m55.175s
user    0m10.686s
sys     0m15.896s

Cygwin Perl, using Windows style dir path. For example, $inDirPath = "c:/Users/h3/web";

real    18m34.533s
user    0m27.721s
sys     1m10.060s
◆ uname -a
Linux xah-p6813w 3.2.0-37-generic-pae #58-Ubuntu SMP Thu Jan 24 15:51:02 UTC 2013 i686 athlon i386 GNU/Linux
◆ xah@xah-p6813w◆ 2013-02-05 19:42 ◆ ~/web/xahlee_info/comp
◆ cat /etc/lsb-release 

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