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Re: remote X11/GNU emacs/ssh: Incredible slowness loading libs

From: Christopher Browne
Subject: Re: remote X11/GNU emacs/ssh: Incredible slowness loading libs
Date: 1 Oct 2002 00:40:35 GMT

Oops! "David Abrahams" <address@hidden> was seen spray-painting on a wall:
> I'm using xterm to launch emacs, but I'm confused by your question
> because I can't see how it's relevant. The slowdowns only occur when
> emacs isn't running in a terminal window.

There always was a "traditional 17 second pause" whilst Netscape
Navigator loaded when it ran an X request to do a (pointless and
spurious) list of every font available on the X server.

Perhaps there's something in the Emacs startup that is doing something
similar to this, requesting all fonts or some such thing, that would
lead to a big pause at start time.

I'm not sure that's the answer, but it is the sort of thing that would
 a) Not totally obvious, and
 b) In keeping with the symptoms...
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