[Gtkradiant] First time running 1.6, takes over a minute/fails to start up.

Obsidian meridanox at gmail.com
Thu Mar 3 11:46:29 CST 2011

I experienced this problem prior to Service Pack 1.

Is it also unrelated to ZeroRadiant creating game assets in the game
directories (e.g. entities.def, shaders and editor .pk3 files)?

On Thu, Mar 3, 2011 at 12:01 PM, Nerius Landys <nlandys at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I've been getting numerous reports (and have experienced it myself
>> first hand) of ZeroRadiant hanging or taking over a minute to start up
>> for the first time. Users are faced with the command-line window for a
>> period of time before the rest of the interface loads up. The problem
>> does not repeat itself with subsequent start-ups, it pauses for the
>> first time only.
> I too have experienced this issue.  Windows 7 32 bit.  It seems to
> have started happening recently after service pack 1.
>> Users are reporting the issue on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows
>> 7 on both 32 and 64-bit systems.
>> I am unsure about the cause for this issue, if it's a bug or if
>> ZeroRadiant is just setting up for the first time. If the latter, some
>> kind of loading message would be beneficial so the user doesn't think
>> the program has hanged.
> I tried adding a printf() at the top of main(), but control does not
> even reach that point when the app pauses.  I think the pause is a
> Windows thing - maybe it's analyzing DDLs it has to load to make sure
> they don't contain viruses?  If the printf() won't print anything
> until after the pause is completed, I don't know of a smart way to let
> the user know to just hold on.
> Interesting is that once I've waited a minute for Radiant to launch,
> if I try it again even with newer builds it does not seem to wait, or
> at least not as long.
> We need a Windows expert to diagnose what is going on here.  For the
> most part Windows is a black box and I'm opposed to the idea of
> studying black boxes when better white boxes are available instead.

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