Man pages take forever on slow machine?
matt at gsicomp.on.ca
Tue Dec 28 21:47:24 PST 2004
> > Ok so I got over my hurdle getting FreeBSD 5.3 installed on this old
> > Presario (it ended up being RAM... needed more than 16MB to get
> > through install, borrowed some and then could then back off to
> > default 16MB after 5.3 was on). I thought I was on a roll until I
> > "accidentally" tried to bring up a man page. It has been on
> > "Formatting page, please wait..." ever since.
> > I didn't pay attention to when, but I think it was at least an hour
> > ago. Yes, an HOUR. And I still don't have my man page.
> > Yes this isn't the fastest machine (I think it's a Pentium 133MHz,
> > 16MB RAM)
You will probably be paging to disk during "normal" operation.
> > but really... I ran FreeBSD 2.2.2 as a webserver on a 486
> > 66MHz "back in the day". I'd expect this to be slow, but... 1+ hours
> > for a man page?
It's probably a) building the index of man pages and b) formatting the man
page you requested.
You may see better performance if you install the "catpages" distribution
(pre-formatted man pages) from the ISOs.
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