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Re: remote X11/GNU emacs/ssh: Incredible slowness loading libs

From: Richard V. Molen
Subject: Re: remote X11/GNU emacs/ssh: Incredible slowness loading libs
Date: Tue, 01 Oct 2002 15:06:07 GMT
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.2

Wow, a what a lot of responses!  FWIW I access an RH 7.3 Linux box from a WinNT
box running Cygwin & XFree.  Yes, Emacs 21.2 is ssslllloooowwww at startup. 

I noticed that it was much more responsive using the prior RH 7.2
Linux installation.  I think that installation was using Emacs 20.7 or such.
Using a Cygwin console to 'startx' then using a local xterm in TWM to start
a remote xterm 'ssh -f $RSERVER /usr/bin/X11/xterm' then using the remote
xterm to start emacs 'emacs &' would bring up an emacs session 'ready to use'
faster than 'mozilla -mail &' would.  Now it's the other way around.  

I suspect that it has something to do with the new graphics 21.2, probably
with the fonts, but that's just my guess.

My workarounds?  

1. Get/Use Tramp, misquoting a fellow newsgrouper, "Its *&^%$#@!
   fantastic!"  It can be set up to securely access files on the
   remote server with the same Emacs on the local client.  It doesn't
   require Cygwin or X to run on M$.  No funky 'Oh I have to hit the
   escape key, because "Alt" is not "Meta".  Cut-n-paste between local
   & remote files.  Of course, there's a couple things it won't do --
   it won't brown my toast or make me orange juice ;-).  A big thanks
   to Kai G. for publishing this package!

2. Get/Use VNC or TightVNC.  Emacs 21.2 under the RH 7.3 Emacs 21.2
   setup is much more responsive in VNC than in Cygwin X.  VNC is
   great if all of your work is on the remote server, but it has the
   "Alt" key problem, and I forget how cutting & pasting work between
   local & remote sessions.  To get this to work you would need to
   install a vncserver on the remote server and a vncviewer on the
   local box.  

3. Is your Cygwin installation up to date?  Mine isn't.  Perhaps an
   update has some fonts or libraries required for remote Emacs 21.2.
   I don't have time to look into it right now and I find I use Tramp   
   most of the time.

Hope this helps

Richard V. Molen

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