gnucash 2.4.0 slow windows startup

Manfred Usselmann usselmann.m at
Fri Jan 14 07:29:55 EST 2011


On Thu, 13 Jan 2011 09:18:36 -0500
"John Doppke" <John.Doppke at TRW.COM> wrote:

> I have what seems to be a common issue - gnucash 2.4.0 hangs at the
> splash screen for 5-10 minutes before starting on windows XP.

I have the same issue on a notebook with Win XP Professional SP2. Are
you using Win XP Prof. as well?

This problem is a known issue. See

Unfortunately it looks like nobody has been able to find the root cause
so far.
> I ran Sysinternals Process Monitor while gnucash was starting and
> found it was going through every file name in the top level directory
> (C:\) and trying to open a reg key based on the name, as well as
> doing DNS lookups on it  After going through the entire list of file
> names, it started within a minute.

Thanks for your investigation. Hopefully this helps to solve this issue.

> Not sure why it's doing this or even doing anything with network
> access at this point.  

Not sure if this is network related. GnuCash is known to connect to
localhost (the system it is running on, no outside connection) which
does cause issues sometimes. But as far as I know they can be very
easily solved by adding an entry for localhost to the hosts file.  

Unfortunately this does not help with this extremely long startup though.


Manfred Usselmann <usselmann.m at>

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