[texhax] latex runs much slower as nis user

Justin Walker justin at mac.com
Tue Feb 24 01:02:25 CET 2004

On Saturday, February 21, 2004, at 12:48 PM, Gordon Wells wrote:

> Does someone have an explanation for this?
> When I run latex as a nis user it is much slower compared to a local 
> user.
> I've experienced this for two different linux distributions. The only 
> way I
> have found around this is to create an identical local user to 
> override the
> nis user.

In all likelihood, this as zilch to do with TeX/LaTeX and friends, and 
a lot to do with your whole environment.

Check with your system mavins to figure out what is going on.  Look for:
   - $PATH entries on the network, possibly pointing to
     non-existent servers
   - different $PATH entries for local vs network login
   - "." in your path, and slow access to servers
   - a potentially uncountable number of other gotchas
     that justify paying your system mavins the big bucks :-}



Justin C. Walker, Curmudgeon-At-Large  *
Institute for General Semantics        | It's not whether you win or 
                                        |  It's whether *I* win or lose.

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