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[O] Ridiculously long (2 minutes) startup time for org agenda

From: JI Xiang
Subject: [O] Ridiculously long (2 minutes) startup time for org agenda
Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2018 02:00:17 +0100
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Hello, first time posting on the mailing list. I encountered a problem where my agenda view (C-c a a) is taking ridiculously long (nearly 2 minutes) to be shown the first time. From the second time onwards, the time is about 11 seconds, which is still very long by any means.

I wondered whether it has something to do with me having many files in the agenda list, so I tried to restrict the list to just one file. But still the first call to org-agenda-list took 12 seconds. This shouldn’t be normal, right?

The following are shown in the Messages buffer during the call.

Press key for agenda command: 
Restoring clock data 
Loading /home/jx/.emacs.d/.cache/org-clock-save.el (source)...done 
[yas] Prepared just-in-time loading of snippets successfully. 
Importmagic and/or epc not found. importmagic.el will not be working. 
Setting up indent for shell type zsh 
Indentation variables are now local. 
Indentation setup for shell type zsh 
Using vacuous schema 
Shell native completion is disabled, using fallback

I’m not sure why they would be there, especially the “using vacuous schema” and “shell native completion” part. Are the messages related to some #BEGIN_SRC blocks in the org files? I don’t think I would ever need source code blocks when I’m viewing an agenda buffer?

I posted the question on Emacs.SE and somebody suggested me use elp-instrument to perform a profiling. The results are as follows:

    Function Name, Call Count, Elapsed Time, Average Time 

    org-agenda 1           116.6048159   116.6048159 
    org-agenda-list 1           116.29427357  116.29427357 
    org-agenda-prepare 1           109.15345470  109.15345470 
    org-agenda-prepare-buffers 1           108.98258905  108.98258905 
    org-agenda-get-day-entries 1288        7.0089191339  0.0054417074 
    org-agenda-get-scheduled 1288        3.726361062   0.0028931374 
    org-agenda-get-deadlines 1288        2.1579713230  0.0016754435 
    org-agenda--timestamp-to-absolute 14544       1.1317418120   7.781...e-05 
    org-agenda-get-timestamps 1288        0.3673404320  0.0002852021 
    org-agenda-get-sexps 1288        0.3438970410  0.0002670008 
    org-agenda-get-restriction-and-command 1           0.310503975    0.310503975 
    org-agenda-get-blocks 1288        0.3083237900  0.0002393818 
    org-agenda-prepare-window 1           0.157091024   0.157091024 
    org-agenda-skip 8624        0.0781296389  9.059...e-06 
    org-agenda-files 49          0.026090686   0.0005324629 
    org-agenda-finalize 1           0.013325178   0.013325178 
    org-agenda-mode 1           0.009848546   0.009848546 
    org-agenda-finalize-entries 23          0.006178961   0.0002686504 
    org-agenda-today-p 2604        0.0061717839  2.370...e-06 
    org-agenda-skip-eval 16968       0.0052723920  3.107...e-07 
    org-agenda-highlight-todo 112         0.0039840550  3.557...e-05 
    org-agenda-format-item 112         0.0038309749  3.420...e-05 
    org-agenda-new-marker 208         0.0031529359  1.515...e-05 
    org-agenda-format-date-aligned 28          0.0007373120  2.633...e-05 
    org-agenda-add-time-grid-maybe 28          0.0003810809  1.361...e-05 
    org-agenda-fix-displayed-tags 112         0.000342384   3.057e-06 
    org-agenda-fontify-priorities 1           0.00018465    0.00018465 
    org-agenda-align-tags 1           0.000160119   0.000160119 
    org-agenda-get-day-face 28          0.000156385   5.585...e-06 
    org-agenda-get-category-icon 112         7.702...e-05  6.877...e-07 
    org-agenda-span-name 23          4.4484e-05    1.934...e-06 
    org-agenda-span-to-ndays 1           2.3496e-05    2.3496e-05 
    org-agenda-fit-window-to-buffer 1           2.0877e-05    2.0877e-05 
    org-agenda-time-of-day-to-ampm-maybe 21          1.124...e-05   5.353...e-07 
    org-agenda-set-mode-name 1           9.226e-06     9.226e-06 
    org-agenda-mark-header-line 1           8.774e-06     8.774e-06 
    org-agenda-reset-markers 1           4.829e-06     4.829e-06 
    org-agenda-deadline-face 4           4.761e-06     1.19025e-06 
    org-agenda-update-agenda-type 1           1.575e-06     1.575e-06 
    org-agenda-ndays-to-span 2           1.174e-06     5.87e-07 
    org-agenda-mark-clocking-task 1           7.16e-07      7.16e-07 
    org-agenda-use-sticky-p 1           5.02e-07      5.02e-07

I’m not sure if that says much though.

Version information:

  • Emacs: GNU Emacs 27.0.50 (build 2, x86_64-pc-linux-gnu, GTK+ Version 3.18.9) of 2018-02-18

  • Orgmode: Org mode version 9.1.6 (9.1.6-44-ge6f891-elpaplus @ /home/jx/.emacs.d/elpa/develop/org-plus-contrib-20180205/).

  • I’m using Spacemacs’ develop branch.

However, this problem happens on both Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and the latest MacOS. Actually it has persisted for a very long period of time so I doubt if it’s related to any particular Emacs/Org version.

Any help would be much appreciated!

Best regards,


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