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Re: emacs *very slow* to launch

On 16 Jun, Eric House wrote:
> I'm running 1.3.1 in terminal mode.  I launch emacs by typing 'emacs'
> at the cmd line, and it takes *at least* five minutes to come up.
> Once up, it works just fine.  And other apps don't seem to have this
> problem: they launch as quickly as ever.
> Once emacs is running, if I go to another virtual console and launch
> another copy, it takes just as long to come up.
> This is a recent phenomenon.  Until a few weeks ago everything was
> fine, ie launch took a few seconds the first time and was nearly
> instantaneous for additional copies.  I can't think of anything I've
> done to change things, but of course I must have done *something*.
> I have no idea how to track down what's going on.  'top' doesn't
> suggest that emacs is burning many cycles with whatever it's doing.
> There's no .emacs file.  Behavior's the same, though, if I use -q or
> --no-site-file to prevent reading in the startup files.  I don't think
> this is an emacs config problem.
> The same thing seems to happen under X....
> Thanks for any help you can give!

I have seen this behavior before when emacs can't resolve the hostname
of the machine.

Try using 'strace -o /tmp/emacs.strace emacs' and wait for emacs to
come up.  Quit emacs and take a look at the huge /tmp/emacs.strace file.
Look for some failed hostname lookups.

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