Accessing help-pages (mm3.0) is so slow (PC-Xware --> Workstation)

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg7389] Accessing help-pages (mm3.0) is so slow (PC-Xware --> Workstation)*From*: cossalt at abb.ch (Oliver Cossalter)*Date*: Fri, 30 May 1997 01:19:48 -0400 (EDT)*Organization*: EUnet AG*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

Our mm3.0-version runs under HP/UX 10.20. We use the X-Server PC-Xware to access mm3.0 from our PCs remotely. PC-Xware is configured to receive special mm3.0-fonts as Font-Client, whereas the HP-Workstation is configured as Font-Server (this is also required if one uses mm3.0 directly on the workstation to be able to use the Type1-Fonts delivered with mathematica). The result is the access of most help-pages need much time, for example the NDSolve-Helppage needs 105s ! the first time to be visible on the screen (Algebra 'Finite Fields' needs 110s). In contrast to that some other Help-Pages come up very quickly (3-5s). First I thought it may be an "feature" of PC-Xware. so I installed the mm3.0-Fonts locally on a second HP-workstation and started from there mm3.0 remotely. But the access of the help-pages became not much much faster compared to the PC--workstation connection. Only if one goes (physically) to the workstation on which mm3.0 resides and invoke there the program directly then this time penalty obtaining help pages vanishes. But this workstation can't be accessed by the normal user. What can be done to reduce the time for accessing help-pages in mm3.0 if it is remotely used by the XServer PC-Xware ? Thanks for any hints O. Cossalter