[TxMt] Problem launching TextMate from terminal in Leopard

Steven Martin smartin41 at gmail.com
Tue May 20 14:40:52 UTC 2008

Thanks for the very helpful advice!I just commented out the lines in
/etc/profile that call path_helper.
Then, I put paths directly in my .bashrc file.
This fixed the problem with 'mate' from the terminal, now it launches
without hanging.
By the way, the path_helper was also apparently the problem with the
extremely slow
launch of another app I used to use, aquamacs.


On Mon, May 19, 2008 at 6:04 PM, Allan Odgaard <throw-away-2 at macromates.com>

> On 19 May 2008, at 21:53, Steven Martin wrote:
>  OK, After I run 'mate' from Apple Terminal application (ver 2.0.1), and
>> the
>> application hangs, here is the log of output using 'sample TextMate 10':
>> Analysis of sampling TextMate (pid 88957) every 1 millisecond
>> [...]
> I fear what you see is a performance bug with Leopard's /etc/profile.
> When you launch TM, it will ask you if you want to install the 'mate' shell
> command. To get suggested installation locations it runs a shell script that
> sources amongst others /etc/profile (to get your normal PATH to use as
> hint).
> Unfortunately /etc/profile has a call to /usr/libexec/path_helper which is
> exponential in the length of the PATH variable.
> So you get the problem when launching TM from the shell presumably because
> the PATH there are significantly longer than launching e.g. from Finder.
> I think if you update to cutting edge, the problem may have been avoided by
> only calling the shell script when necessary otherwise you will need to
> either disable the call to path_helper in /etc/profile or try pick Help →
> Terminal Usage… and re-install mate, so that TM records in the preferences,
> that this helper is already installed¹.
> ¹ The process might be something like, TM not seeing in preferences that
> you installed the mate shell command, then collecting install paths,
> checking these to see if 'mate' is already there, and if so, bypass the
> dialog. So not seeing the dialog on startup is not necessarily indicative of
> TM having recorded in the preferences, that the tool is already installed
> (but given this Leopard problem, it probably should record it, when it finds
> 'mate' in one of the suggested installlocations).
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