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Re: Microsoft Word with Zotero or Endnote makes cygwin terminal EXTREMELY slow reading keyboard input

On 13 November 2011 18:06, Philip Goetz <> wrote:
> On Sun, Nov 13, 2011 at 12:39 PM, Philip Goetz <> wrote:
>> I have a Windows XP system, with a quad-core AMD Phenom II X4 940.
>> I re-installed XP about 6 months ago, and have been using Cygwin on it
>> ever since.
>> Starting yesterday, the Cygwin terminal is extremely slow.
>> This has nothing to do with X, or fork, or network mounts (I have none anyway).
>> When I type a key, it takes about half a second for the letter to appear
>> in the Cygwin terminal window. ÂIf I keep typing, letters appear
>> at about one-fourth the speed that I'm typing, so I get far ahead,
>> and it starts dropping letters. ÂIt's like working over a slow modem,
>> but this is all local.
> The culprit is Endnote X.0.2. ÂI found the Word STARTUP folder (Word:
> Tools -> Options -> File locations -> Startup), closed Word, moved the
> files (the Zotero plugin) out of it, re-started Cygwin,
> started Word, still slow.
> Then I shut Word down, moved the EN10Cwyw files (the EndNote plugin)
> out of STARTUP, re-started Word, and Cygwin was slow again.

How very strange for a bibliography manager. Sounds like it's doing
some awful hackery. Is the effect Cygwin-specific or do you get it
with the Windows command prompt too? Does using mintty or rxvt instead
of Cygwin's default console make a difference?


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