Subject: Re: is mozilla very slow on alpha, or is mozilla-gtk2 slow everywhere?
To: Manuel Bouyer <>
From: Charles M. Hannum <mycroft@MIT.EDU>
List: port-alpha
Date: 03/06/2004 13:05:39
On Sat, Mar 06, 2004 at 04:55:08PM +0100, Manuel Bouyer wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 01, 2004 at 03:57:07AM -0500, Greg A. Woods wrote:
> > I finally got mozilla-gtk2-1.6nb2 to build, install, and run on my
> > alpha, but I find it deathly slow.  Netscape-4.6 was faster on my
> phoenix was usable on my AS255 (running 1.6.2_RCsomething), but then I did the
> mistake to upgrade a few packages, including to switch from phoenix to
> mozilla-firebird.  It's unusable, but it seems to be a problem in
> some other library, probably related to threads: typing in the URL windows
> show a character at a time, but a regular interval (about 1s), just as if a
> thread was looping, and interrupted periodically to let others threads run.
> My package update upgraded glib/gtk and pth too, I don't know which one is to
> blame here.

This is exactly the kind of behavior you should expect from the old
ld.elf_so, since it ends up forcing many calls to go through the
dynamic linker *every time*.  X in general was barely usable, but
what finally caused me to start wielding the axe was that Mozilla was
completely unusable.