Re: gnome-terminal awfully slow. :-(

Jason Tackaberry <tack auc ca> writes:

>> slower on text output than in Gnome 2.0.x. :-( The slowness is even
>> noticable by just moving the terminal window around the desktop. Not
>> only the terminal text is slow, but also the menu. Other gnome 2.2
> My hunch is you're using transparent gnome-terminal.

No, I don't. Just a solid black background. I found an explanation of my
problem in another thread (IIRC it was some redhat mailing list). The
slowness is due to the fact that the new gnome-terminal is linked
against libvte instead of libzvt by default, and vte seems to be much

The difference is tremendous. For example, if I execute "ls -lR
/usr/share" I get the following results:

gnome-terminal-2.2.1: about 1 minute 30 seconds
multi-gnome-terminal: about 3.5 seconds
xterm: about 3 seconds

> I recommend you use a solid color as your gnome-terminal background, or
> use Eterm, which handles transparency fairly nicely.  I personally have
> chosen the former, and I find gnome-terminal's performance acceptable.

I suppose that you use a version linked against libzvt. Unfortunately,
current zvt's locale support is broken. :-(

I've done some experiments with different terminals and decided to use
multi-gnome-terminal[1]. It has some glitches, but it's very fast (zvt) and
its i18n is not THAT broken (no UTF-8 support, but at least it works
well wich Western European and cyrillic charset). And it also has some
very nice features that other terminals do not have (split terminals,
custom keybindings...)


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