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Long-legged antOP
I created a new project and npm run dev takes >30s to compile
❯ npx create-next-app@latest nextjs-blog
Need to install the following packages:
create-next-app@14.1.0
Ok to proceed? (y) y
✔ Would you like to use TypeScript? … No / Yes
✔ Would you like to use ESLint? … No / Yes
✔ Would you like to use Tailwind CSS? … No / Yes
✔ Would you like to use `src/` directory? … No / Yes
✔ Would you like to use App Router? (recommended) … No / Yes
✔ Would you like to customize the default import alias (@/*)? … No / Yes
✔ What import alias would you like configured? … @/*
Creating a new Next.js app in /Users/jawaugh/labs/scratch/fixme/nextjs-blog.

Using npm.

Initializing project with template: app-tw 


Installing dependencies:
- react
- react-dom
- next

Installing devDependencies:
- typescript
- @types/node
- @types/react
- @types/react-dom
- autoprefixer
- postcss
- tailwindcss
- eslint
- eslint-config-next


added 360 packages, and audited 361 packages in 24s

128 packages are looking for funding
  run `npm fund` for details

found 0 vulnerabilities
Initialized a git repository.

Success! Created nextjs-blog at /Users/jawaugh/labs/scratch/fixme/nextjs-blog

❯ 
❯ ls
nextjs-blog
❯ cd nextjs-blog
ls                                                                                                                                                                                 
❯ ls
README.md          next-env.d.ts      node_modules       package.json       public             tsconfig.json
app                next.config.mjs    package-lock.json  postcss.config.js  tailwind.config.ts
❯ npm run dev

> nextjs-blog@0.1.0 dev
> next dev

   ▲ Next.js 14.1.0
   - Local:        http://localhost:3000

 ✓ Ready in 6s
 ○ Compiling / ...
 ✓ Compiled / in 27.9s (510 modules)
 ✓ Compiled in 2.6s (240 modules)
 ○ Compiling /favicon.ico ...
 ✓ Compiled /favicon.ico in 4.4s (515 modules)

My first development environment took 30s, and even things like favicon.ico pulls 515 modules?

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Long-legged antOP
 ✓ Ready in 6s
 ○ Compiling / ...
 ✓ Compiled / in 27.9s (510 modules)
 ✓ Compiled in 2.6s (240 modules)
 ○ Compiling /favicon.ico ...
 ✓ Compiled /favicon.ico in 4.4s (515 modules)

These lines feel terrible. Why does it take 28 seconds to open just a default simple page?
How is it possible that a favicon requires 515 modules to load?

I don't remember this being the case ~1 year ago when i first started using next - and seems to be an issue that was introduced sometime since? I'm using the standard create next app, so i feel like this is a pure bug inside of next?
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Plott Hound
Did you try with turbo pack?
In your package.json try changing the dev to this

{
"scripts": {
"dev": "next dev --turbo",
"build": "next build",
"start": "next start",
"lint": "next lint"
}
}
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Long-legged antOP
yes i tried, a little better, but still very slow.
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Plott Hound
Considering it’s a fresh install it’s most likely your computer speed or something else in your dev environment. I reproduced your steps and it’s compiling the pages in 0.8s on an i7 imac
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Long-legged antOP
I'm on an M2 macbook air.
nothing else running.

I've got 2 other friends with M2s right now with me who see the same thing.

Are you saying you don't see "510 modules" on this?
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Plott Hound
i just tested a massive next project on an old 2015 mbp i5:

   ▲ Next.js 14.0.4
   - Local:        http://localhost:3000
   - Environments: .env

 ✓ Ready in 12.8s
 ○ Compiling / ...
 ✓ Compiled / in 10.3s (2611 modules)
 ✓ Compiled in 1265ms (1294 modules)
 ○ Compiling /favicon.ico ...
 ✓ Compiled /favicon.ico in 2.3s (1345 modules)
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Plott Hound
14.1.0 is definitely a bit slower for me in dev
 ○ Compiling / ...
 ✓ Compiled / in 20.2s (2636 modules)

but with turbo :
 ○ Compiling / ...
 ✓ Compiled / in 11.1s
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Long-legged antOP
yeah, this is way too slow imo - the 1000s of modules for "favicon.ico" feels like a bug
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Plott Hound
It’s not 1000s of modules for a Favicon… that number is cumulative of everything so far
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Long-legged antOP
how is it cumulative if it goes down? eg. in your example, it started at 2611 for / then later, 1345 for /favicon.ico, so it seems like its going down and not just purely adding up