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Poor "application startup" behavior as of 10.3.8?


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Hi Folk,

I've been struggling to determine if I have a legitimate problem here or if I am simply amongst the many complaining about 10.3.8 and 10.3.9. The simplest way to describe what is going on is to say how I can replicate the behavior every time:

1. Start up Safari
2. Hit command-T to open a new tab

In the past, this opened a new tab immediately. As of my update to 10.3.8, it takes anywhere from like 1-3 seconds for it to open up. (noticeable delay) After this initial pause, it really never happens again. It's just a one-time behavior every time I start Safari.

So originally I thought nothing more than "I have a bad extension" or something. However, I find that other applications exhibit the same behavior. For example, if I open Terminal, when the window opens and gives me a prompt, if I type anything, it takes 1-3 seconds for it to "commit". It's almost as if there's a keyboard delay.

I'm not sure it's related, but I also started having problems with Adium X not really wanting to connect at first, it seems to take a bit before it's "capable" of connecting. Anyway, thing is, I have nothing concrete to say about any of this aside from being able to reproduce it every time. I've tried rebooting, clearing caches, force-running routine maintenance jobs, everything. Nothing seems to resolve this problem. Has anyone ever seen this before or does anyone have any advice? Thanks!

Daniel
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Try repair permissions. After every software update, and about every 2 weeks: close all apps and log totally off. Log on, go in Finder, Applications. Utilities, Disk Utility. After the message -getting disk information- select volume (below the hard drive name -upper left corner). Just highlight it. Now look to the lower two things are there near the middle, verify permissions, repair permissions. Click repair permissions
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Yeah, I've done that a couple of times since this started occuring. (it's actually one of the regular things I do) FWIW, it's a 12" powerbook (867MHz) with 1.12G of memory. The drive is a little full, only has about 4.5 gigs left of 40, but last time I saw the percentage number for when your machine starts behaving poorly (Based on how full it is), I was under it, albeit just barely. I'm seeing a lot of interesting looking messages in the windowserver.log:
Apr 22 23:08:51 [182] kCGErrorIllegalArgument: CGXPostEventByConnection: invali
d connection
(this happens a lot)
Apr 23 07:53:40 [182] kCGErrorIllegalArgument: CGXPostEventByConnection: invali
d connection
Apr 23 08:07:41 [182] "loginwindow" (0x4303) set hot key operating mode to all
disabled
Apr 23 08:07:41 [182] Hot key operating mode is now all disabled

hrm actually these messages are occuring relentlessly in my windowserver.log... I wonder if that has anything to do with it. Any idea what might be causing this?
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In case anyone cares/looks at this later. The problem was APE (the application enhancer from unsanity that lets you have "haxies" as they call them). I don't know what, specifically, was going on, but disabling APE resolved the issue entirely.
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