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Re: hang while marking large region

From: Joel J. Adamson
Subject: Re: hang while marking large region
Date: Mon, 12 May 2008 13:50:38 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.60 (gnu/linux)

Dan Espen <address@hidden> writes:

> address@hidden (Joel J. Adamson) writes:
>> address@hidden writes:
>>> hello,
>>> i'm using 21.1.13 xemacs. when i set the mark and then scroll to a
>>> distant area in a text file, xemacs hangs. we're talking about a few
>>> megabytes of data being marked.
>> Please distinguish between Emacs using an X display and the separate
>> software project XEmacs.
>>> it seems that xemacs must be trying to copy the marked region
>>> somewhere and then hanging.
>>> any ideas for a workaround?
>> Workaround: don't use XEmacs.
>> This is a known problem.  I had this same problem and the solution was
>> to switch.
> Never seen the XEmacs stability problem you describe.

I didn't describe it, Steve Yegge described it.  I didn't have the
stability problems he describes either, but I did have annoying hang-ups
with fontification and a few other things.

> That said, switching to GNU Emacs is probably a good way to go.

You can find a page on the subject here:

That page helped me make the choice.  Like I said, I can't remember why
I picked XEmacs, I think because I saw a screenshot of it heavily
customized.  However, my customizations now go a lot further in Emacs.


Joel J. Adamson
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Massachusetts General Hospital
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