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Re: How to Reduce Emacs Load Time


From: formido
Subject: Re: How to Reduce Emacs Load Time
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2008 15:03:14 -0700 (PDT)
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On Aug 30, 3:05 pm, address@hidden (Pascal J. Bourguignon)
wrote:
> formido <address@hidden> writes:
> > Hello there,
>
> > Emacs takes like 10 seconds to load. It's a lot faster if I don't load
> > all my packages. What strategies could I use to get my load time down?
> > Emacs itself is made up of tons of elisp files and it doesn't take
> > forever to load, so I don't see why I should be forced to endure long
> > load times just because I add third party packages. If I do, 'require
> > package', I'm at the mercy of the package maker's initialization
> > process, right?
>
> Ah, also even it emacs took one hour to load, it woudn't matter much,
> because you should leave your emacs process running.  On this machine,
> emacs uptime is close to the system uptime.
>
> Keep emacs running, and use emacsclient.  So the boot time is amortized.
>
> --
> __Pascal Bourguignon__                    http://www.informatimago.com/
> Until real software engineering is developed, the next best practice
> is to develop with a dynamic system that has extreme late binding in
> all aspects. The first system to really do this in an important way
> is Lisp. -- Alan Kay


That's a good point. I guess my problems are exacerbated at the moment
because I just took on Emacs a few weeks ago, so I'm constantly trying
out new packages and testing that my startup process is still working.

Michael


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