Low speed of running win-application under Wine

Craig Ringer craig at nospam.postnewspapers.nobotstothisaddressdelme.com.au
Fri Oct 5 13:01:21 CDT 2001

Andrey Simonenko wrote:

> Hi All,
> It is normal that Windows applications run _very_ slow
> under Wine? I'm talking about simple application, like
> notepad, winmine.

I've been able to run some pretty serious stuff (games inc Diablo II, 
Homeworld Cataclysm, Counter-Strike, bits of MS Office 2000 etc) at 
reasonable and useable speeds sometimes almost comprable to native win32 
execution. So its not a general wine thing... unless your definition of 
"slow" is like some of the users I admin for here at work :-/

Try removing access to removable and network media via .wine/config as 
wine often tries repeatedly to access cds/floppies/network, times out, 
tries again next time the app calls whatever syscall (notable in notepad 
"open file" dialog).

Alternately it could be gobbling enough RAM to have to run partially out 
of swap (*ugh*) but I expect you'd notice that one and it shouldn't 
happen with small apps anyway should it (or could *lots* of fonts cause 
this?? I'm no expert - help!).

My system is an AMD Duron 650 running linux-2.4.10 && XFree86-4.1.0 with 
debian(sid) and 300+ mb RAM so its not exactly overpowered and yet most 
things run genuinely fast under wine.
I hate to suggest this (no flame pls) but _JUST FOR TESTING_ have you 
tried it under linux on the same machine (perhaps its trying to do 
something odd with /proc??). I don't know BSD so PLEASE don't kill me if 
this is nonsense!

Hope I could help at least a little

Craig Ringer
IT Manager
POST Newspapers Australia

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