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Re: emacs designers neglect slower computer users?


From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: emacs designers neglect slower computer users?
Date: Fri, 04 Jan 2002 18:29:32 +0200

> From: Dan Jacobson <address@hidden>
> Newsgroups: gnu.emacs.bug
> Date: 04 Jan 2002 16:18:17 +0800
> 
> I say it might be a good exercise to use a P166 processor with 32K
> memory like me just to find those slow spots.

FWIW, I do about half of my Emacs-related work (including development)
on just such a machine.  So if it would be horribly slow, I'd be
complaining loudly.  Which I ain't.

> $ top
> Mem:    31332K av,   30000K used,    1332K free,       0K shrd,     500K buff
> Swap:  255488K av,   55332K used,  200156K free                    8180K 
> cached
> 
>   PID USER     PRI  NI  SIZE  RSS SHARE STAT %CPU %MEM   TIME COMMAND
>  2864 jidanni    0   0 21168  14M  2676 S     0.0 47.9  31:25 emacs
>   584 root       7   0 13064 3080  1056 S     2.6  9.8  15:35 X
>  1994 jidanni    0   0 11448 1656  1236 S     0.0  5.2   2:59 netscape-commun

An 14MB Emacs session is not a large session.  My Emacs normally
levels at about 40MB, and I've heard people whose sessions routinely
take 150MB.  If you want a smaller session, you should kill unused
buffers very often.



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