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Re: Lilypond slow to start up on the Mac

From: Tim McNamara
Subject: Re: Lilypond slow to start up on the Mac
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2018 08:46:43 -0500

> On Apr 23, 2018, at 1:13 PM, David Wright <address@hidden> wrote:
> On Mon 23 Apr 2018 at 11:40:46 (-0400), Arle Lommel wrote:
>> I’ve noticed on the Mac for some time that the first time I invoke Lilypond 
>> from an external application after a reboot, it can take quite a while for 
>> it to respond. Normally this is something like a 40–60 second delay, after 
>> which Lilypond behaves normally. But a few days ago, after I updated to OS X 
>> 10.13.4, it seemed that Lilypond was totally unresponsive over much longer 
>> periods. After waiting about ten minutes, I finally walked away for dinner, 
>> and when I came back, it was working normally. This happened with the latest 
>> development build, but I’ve also had delays with the stable build (although 
>> never as long as this was).
>> I was invoking Lilypond through Frescobaldi, but I’ve had the same (shorter) 
>> initial delays on JEdit, and on multiple machines in the past.
>> During this longer wait, I could launch and initiate a 
>> typesetting activity from within it with no problem, so it is not Lilypond 
>> itself that seems to be the problem, but rather something specific to 
>> external applications calling it.
>> Is this a known issue? If so, any ideas on ways to fix it other than 
>> typesetting something and walking away for 20 minutes before it responds?
> Maybe you've hit this one which used to be a frequent problem here.
> The cure is usually either a newer version, or you could try
> deleting the font cache and hoping it will get rebuilt correctly
> (if there was a problem before) on the next run.

I am seeing these very long launch times with 2.18.2-1 which the thread states 
is not showing the font cache rebuild problem.  I don’t use the development 
versions as I lack the actual computer skills necessary to deal with any 
problems that might occur.  I can’t even code “Hello, world” in any language.  

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