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Re: Emacs 21/X11 generating unbelieveable network traffic

From: David Abrahams
Subject: Re: Emacs 21/X11 generating unbelieveable network traffic
Date: Sat, 5 Oct 2002 16:31:24 -0400

"Richard Stallman" <rms@gnu.org> wrote in message
>     Have you tried the advice in PROBLEMS?
>     In my experience, configure --without-xim makes a significant
> Is there anyone who can provide code to enable and disable xim at run
> time, so that people can obtain this speedup when they want it without
> having to forfeit the feature completely or recompile Emacs to use it
> again?
> Is there a way for Emacs to tell whether the user is using xim
> so as to optimize performance when the user is not?

The former solution would be an improvement, but probably still very slow
unless there's a command-line option because emacs does a lot of this
network handshaking at startup, which makes it unbearable just to wait for a

The latter solution sounds like it might work better.

My intuition, FWIW, is that neither of these is really the right long-term
fix. Even if I was using the "X input method" (I assume that's what xim is),
I don't see why emacs should be shuffling fonts, etc., for every .el file
that gets loaded.

           David Abrahams * Boost Consulting
dave@boost-consulting.com * http://www.boost-consulting.com

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