[rc5] the new mac client

Rebecca and Rowland rebecca at astrid.u-net.com
Wed Jul 9 18:59:01 EDT 1997

>Date: Wed, 9 Jul 1997 12:24:53 +0100
>From: etd at st-andrews.ac.uk (Edwin ten Dam)
>Subject: Re: [rc5] the new mac client
>Thus spoke the keyboard of Rebecca and Rowland (09/07/97):
>>>Date: Tue, 8 Jul 1997 16:01:35 -0500 (CDT)
>>>From: Dave Huang <khym at bga.com>
>>>Subject: Re: [rc5] the new mac client
>>>On Tue, 8 Jul 1997, Greg Trotter wrote:
>>>> Oh, yeah... THIS is what I've been waiting for!
>>>> Kudos to Andrew Meegs and any others involved... not only it is prettier,
>>>> it's almost three times as fast!
>>>Are you running it on a PPC or 68k machine? According to the progress
>>>window, I'm getting 6kkeys/sec on my Centris 660av (25MHz '040). With the
>>>v1 client, I was getting around 11 or 12kkeys/sec.
>>My 25MHz LC040 Mac gets 6408 key/sec with the v1 client, and 5,450 keys/sec
>>with the v2.000 client. (Progress bar reports 5 kkeys/sec; I got the exact
>>figure by dividing the number of keys by the processor time used as
>>reported by Monitor; this worked accurately with the v1 client).
>>Has the 68K code in the v2 client dropped the floating point instructions
>>entirely, do you think, replacing the FP instructions with less efficient
>>integer code than was used before?  And if not, how come it's so slow?
>Well it does write to a log file now (which you can turn off - at the cost
>of losing the graphs).

The graphs don't work on my Mac - the log file seems to contain negligible
information.  In any case, I need to log to tell what the damned thing's

>You might also want to tweak the background and
>foreground settings to speed things up a bit.

Ca you explain how I might do that?  I can see nothing that refers to
background and foreground settings.


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