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Emacs launches excruciatingly slowly

From: Ryan Wersal
Subject: Emacs launches excruciatingly slowly
Date: Wed, 2 Nov 2011 18:24:55 +0000 (UTC)
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I've been utilizing Emacs at work for over a month now and have had a very 
pleasant experience so far. 
The launch time has traditionally been south of 5 
seconds even with my admittedly non-optimized .emacs file.

But that all changed last Thursday. Something happened that caused the startup 
time to skyrocket to a frankly unbelievable 43 minutes. I wish I was kidding.

I have already tried launching Emacs without a config file. This yielded an 
approximately 7 minute or so start up time.

Googling has turned up several posts regarding Emacs being slow due to not 
able to determine it's host's FQDN. 
To this end I have disconnected myself from my 
work's network (unplugging the ethernet cable itself and also disabling the 
adapter from the OS). 
This resulted in normal load times (sub 5 seconds).

This appears to be the source of the issue, but I have no idea where to begin 
looking to solve the problem itself.

Additional info: Windows 7 Professional 32bit running GNU Emacs 23.3.

Any idea where to begin on remedying this situation?

(Potentially more details can be found at my original post on

Thanks in advance for the assistance,
Ryan Wersal

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