Emacs 21.2 extremely slow start

Billy O'Connor billyoc at linuxfromscratch.org
Sat Jan 18 09:36:45 PST 2003

lfsbill at wlmcs.com (Bill's LFS Login) writes:

>> > Try emacs -q on both systems and see if there's a difference.
>> Good thought, but the same remains:
>> root:/usr/src/lfs-extra/emacs-21.2# time emacs -q --kill
>> real    0m5.119s
>> user    0m0.070s
>> sys     0m0.040s
> I just thought, what is the difference in system configurations? IIRC,
> emacs is ummm.... "resource intensive". Is memory sufficient? Do you
> have sufficient swap allocated *and* activated (swapon -s). Those are
> the only two things that jump to my mind. What does free or top show
> before and during start up of emacs?

Emacs is no vi, that's for sure.  But I've never seen it take 5
seconds to load on even a 468 with 16MB.

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