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Re: [Bug-XBoard] Re: Extremely slow startup

From: h.g. muller
Subject: Re: [Bug-XBoard] Re: Extremely slow startup
Date: Wed, 04 Aug 2010 11:53:53 +0200

At 22:33 3-8-2010 -0400, Adrian Petrescu wrote:
Here is a strange symptom that may illuminate the issue or make it more puzzling. You decide which.

This will indeed be a tough cookie...

For me, startup of XBoard under Ubuntu is fast, so I cannot test it myself.

It sounds like XBoard is making a system request that your system has big trouble in satisfying. What are you seeing durng these 10 seconds? Is the XBoard main window already up, and is the Chess board properly displayed? Are any of the auxiliary windows already up? The most passive mode to bring XBoard up in is -ncp (with -ics you might still hang because of connection problems with the ICS), so perhaps you should always test on that.

Could you start XBoard with the -debug option? This should make a file xboard.debug, and if we are lucky, we can establish from that where it hangs. I think it does print some progress reports during the startup process, from main() in xboard.c. If not, we should add some fprintf(stderr, "..."); there to figure out where it hangs. There are no time stamps with debug messages from XBoard itself, though. So to see where it hangs, it might be
necessary to kill it during those 10 sec.

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