slooowwww text entry in fields

Sivakatirswami katir at
Sun Sep 25 21:43:15 EDT 2005

FWI, and I'm not saying this is the problem...

Three days ago our senior editor's Mac (OSX) came to a grinding,  
nearly unusable condition, in all apps, slow keyboard responses, slow  
Mouse responses.

We ran "top" from the terminal. Behold: no running apps were eating  
the CPU...but the kernal was taking 40%...very unusual, we had never  
seen this before.

We thought it was Dashboard at first.. (he's got a zillion  
widgets...). but the only thing that fixed it was finally running  
permissions repair. And, indeed the repair report revealed some  
permissions corruption in some very low-level system files... these  
were repaired and after re-boot, problem went away.

On Sep 23, 2005, at 12:08 PM, Timothy Miller wrote:

> We had a little thread on this a week or two ago. Several users  
> confirmed the problem. Some had fast machines, so I guess the speed  
> of my machine is not the main problem. I think they were all Mac  
> users. I never did figure out if this is a Macintosh-only issue.
> None of the gurus on the list ever replied. Well... no one's  
> obligated of course. It seems like a non-trivial issue, even if it  
> is a bit on the minor side. I'm wondering why none of the true  
> wireheads replied. Or maybe someone did and I missed it.

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