On Thu, 08 Mar 2007 12:54:55 -0600, Chuck Swiger <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

On Mar 7, 2007, at 6:57 PM, [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
The main application I run is Vim, which I run through Gnome-
Terminal.  I frequently have several copies running
simultaneously.  In general response to Gnome-Terminal
commands is very fast, but sometimes when I try to open a
file with Vim it takes up to 20-30 seconds to load.  The
files are not particularly large (max 300 lines).

During this time, if I try to launch another application in
Gnome (e.g., Opera or another Gnome-Terminal), it will not
come up.  It is as if everything is frozen until finally Vi
loads and opens the file, at which point anything else I have
tried to open works fine.

Is it possible that you're low on RAM, and the system has to swap in a bunch of stuff to let you task-switch to Opera or GT? Is it only the combination of GT & Vim, or do you sometimes encounter this long delay when switching between applications doing other things?

I have of course looked at top when this problem occurs.  CPU
usage is about 2%, and there is no significant memory usage

It would be helpful to know what state the GT & vim processes were in, too.

RAM usage remains very low throughout. In addition, I have 2GB of RAM on this system, so while that was also my first suspicion, I don't think that's it.

When vim exhibits this behavior (which it doesn't always do), it will sit in sbwait and will finally load as it comes out of sbwait. If I try to open another GT during vim's stalling, it will also be stuck in sbwait, generally coming out of it at the same time as vim.

Thanks very much for your thoughts!

-- Ned Ruggeri
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