# Compilation battle

Hello guys (and girls).

I wanted to ask a question which looks like this:

"Write the shortest program which prints 'Hello World', which compiling time exceeds one second."

Problem is that compilation time depends on the machine, so my question is how to make it fair for everyone? I feel like this question is still interesting (compiler understanding), but I don't know if this is the true goal of PP&CG, so please tell me if it is as cool as I think it is, and if so how can we make it fair for everyone?

It seems a bit pointless to me. Printing Hello, world! is trivial, so the answers you get will consist of a function which does the actual behaviour and a not-really-used function with pathological compilation issues. E.g. I would approach this using an exponential type but probably not actually calling the exponentially typed function.