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I am experiencing startup times of c5 minutes (!) for QGIS 1.8 on my Mac Mini with 2.4GHz processors and 8G RAM. I have just 4 python plugins and only a handful of shapefiles/data layers so I can not see why every start takes 5 minutes from clicking on file to having something showing on screen. Is this normal for QGIS or is there some mysterious solution? I have searched on Google, various forums (fora) and discussion boards etc but no solutions. Any help gratefully appreciated! Eric

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Are you using local files or are they stored on a network? –  underdark Apr 14 '13 at 7:57
    
Other than Google, have any troubleshooting steps been pursued such as to reset QGIS back to a default state? For example, moving/renaming/deleting the folder at /Users/<your username>/.qgis or perhaps the preference file at /Users/<your username>/Library/Preferences/org.qgis.QGIS.plist. There is also a chance the Console application may show some activity while QGIS is launching too. –  DMan Apr 15 '13 at 1:20
    
Hi DMan, all data files are local on my Mini's HDD, no network activity involved at all. Console log shows one instance of "kernel[0]: QGIS_2.0-dev (map: 0xffffff801c57d570) triggered DYLD shared region unnest for map: 0xffffff801c57d570, region 0x7fff87e00000->0x7fff88000000. While not abnormal for debuggers, this increases system memory footprint until the target exits." per boot, unsure how to interpret this beyond a warning? I haven't deleted the prefs file of the .qgis folder as I am worried I will lose all my data layers and will have to reconstruct my project. –  Eric Woehler Apr 16 '13 at 3:37
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