1.2 Bytecode Files

A file "name.ext" is compiled to bytecode that is saved as "compiled/name_ext.zo" relative to the file. As a result, the bytecode file is normally used automatically when "name.ext" is required as a module, since the underlying load/use-compiled operation detects such a bytecode file.

For example, in a directory that contains the following files:


  raco make a.rkt

triggers the creation of "compiled/a_rkt.zo", "compiled/b_rkt.zo", and "compiled/c_rkt.zo". A subsequent

  racket a.rkt

loads bytecode from the generated ".zo" files, paying attention to the ".rkt" sources only to confirm that each ".zo" file has a later timestamp (unless the PLT_COMPILED_FILE_CHECK environment variable is set to exists, in which case the compiled file is used without a timestamp check).

In contrast,

  raco make b.rkt c.rkt

would create only "compiled/b_rkt.zo" and "compiled/c_rkt.zo", since neither "b.rkt" nor "c.rkt" imports "a.rkt".