Re: [Evolution] Message composition freezes regulary

I've never had this problem either and I use MDK 9.2 with 1.4.4 on a PII
laptop with only 256mb ram.


                    J Black                                                                                   
                    <evolution jblack org>       To:     Jeffrey Stedfast <fejj ximian com>                   
                    Sent by:                     cc:     evolution lists ximian com                           
                    evolution-admin lists        Subject:     Re: [Evolution] Message composition freezes 
                    01/21/2004 11:31 PM                                                                       

I've run some tests to see if it's just my main account thats screwed
up. What I did is:
* Created a new user id, logged out, logged in as the new user.
* When the first-time wizard appeared, chose Evolution as the mail
client and defined one pop3/smtp mail account.
* Started Evolution from the K -> Networking -> Mail menu
* It crashed, and gave me an option to report this to bugzilla at gnome,
but their bugzilla page says to report it to Ximian.
* Started Evolution again, and it worked.  (By the way, the first time I
started it on my "real" userid it crashed too, and it worked the second
* Went to Inbox.
* Opened a new window.
* Watched the cursor blink for 80 seconds, and decided it wasn't going
to misbehave unless I type something.
* Typed the letter "a", and watched the cursor.  It blinked vor about 20
seconds, then stopped for 5 seconds, then started blinking again.
waited for 60 seconds, and the cursor stopped blinking for 5 seconds.
* disabled the only mail account.  Turned off spell checking and "check
as I type".
* quit evolution, started it back up again.
* created a new message, typed "a", and waited.  sure enough, within one
minute the cursor stopped blinking for 5 seconds, then started again,
blinked for 60 seconds, stopped for 5, etc.

To reiterate, the reason I'm complaining isn't the non-blinking cursor,
but the fact that the characters I type stop appearing during this
5-second pause, which is really rather annoying and breaks my train of
thought and affects productivity.

- Jesse, using Mandrake 9.2 and Evolution 1.4.4
On Wed, 2004-01-21 at 17:01, Jeffrey Stedfast wrote:
it doesn't happen for me, nor should it cause a temp hang. is your hard
drive exceedingly slow? is your home dir mounted over a slow NFS link?

it might not even be the autosave (I can't imagine autosave even being

have you tried uninstalling gnome-spell? does that make a difference?

(actually, I have gnome-spell too but it doesn't cause any hangs for
me... but it's another possibility?)


On Wed, 2004-01-21 at 19:41, J Black wrote:
Thank you, Guenther, for the reply.  It is somewhat reassuring that I
not the only one experiencing it.

If others can confirm that this behavior is to be expected, please let
me know and I will switch to another mail client.  I can't imagine
telling anyone to switch from Outlook on Windows to Evolution on Linux
and, oh, by the way, you will have to stop typing for 5 seconds every

As I said in my original post (perhaps that has gotten lost), this was
not a problem in the Evolution that came with Mandrake 9.1, so if
has a solution, please let me know (other than re-installing the old
Mandrake)!  I am also open to any work-around, and if someone thinks it
is just my installation that is broken and knows how to fix it, that
would be welcome information too!

- J Black
On Wed, 2004-01-21 at 13:00, guenther wrote:
Whenever I'm editing a message and typing away, the compose window
freezes for about 5 seconds every 60 seconds.  The cursor stops
blinking, and whatever I type doesn't appear until the 5 seconds is
(It's done it twice just typing these sentences!)  Even typing a
character into the message window is enough to trigger this

Just a guess: The Composer is saving copies of the mails. It might be
this. You will love this feature, when Evolution crashes the first
while you are writing a large mail. (Well, haven't had that happen
often, though. :)

FWIW: I do see this sometimes, too.


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