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Re: emacs very slow; zombie processes eventually cleared

[I'm including your private message to me below to avoid breaking the thread.]

On 7/3/2013 5:33 PM, Rockefeller, Harry wrote:
FWIW, my corporate email interceptor is broken.  This never made it out to the list.
I attempted to ask nicely to simply allow all emails from and to domain,
but they don't want to comply.

On 7/2/2013 11:41 AM, Rockefeller, Harry wrote:
When I start emacs I get this message:
(emacs:192): Gtk-CRITICAL **: gtk_distribute_natural_allocation:
assertion `extra_space >= 0' failed
Ken asks:
maybe you could do some testing to figure out what in your
initialization (including X11 initialization) triggers it.  This might
help to pin down the bug.

My first response:
It appears to be related to version control 'vc' and maybe 'psvn' packages.
I removed "(require 'cl)" and load-library "vc-svn" from my .emacs init file and this message went away.

That's not the cause of the above GTk-Critical message.
When I start emacs in dired mode on the current directory like this:
"emacs -Q ."
I don't get the Gtk message.
But when I start emacs with my font of choice like this:
"emacs --font 6x10 -Q ."
I do get the Gtk message.
I tried some other fonts:
No Gtk message with "fixed", "rk14" and "10x20".
Gtk message did happen with "6x9".

I can reproduce this, but only when emacs is started in dired mode. And emacs seems to run OK in spite of the message, though I didn't test it much.

I don't know if this has anything to do with slowness and/or temporary zombie processes.

I don't know either. My build from the emacs trunk still gives that error message. It will be interesting to see whether you still have problems with zombie processes.


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