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I've had some issues with my terminal being extremely slow while starting up (both new windows and new tabs), from 10 seconds and up. I've tried deleting the Apple System Logs, but it doesn't help.

Today I hit Ctrl+C while it was starting and the following was output:

/usr/local/Library/Homebrew/global.rb:65:in ``': Interrupt
from /usr/local/Library/Homebrew/global.rb:65
from /usr/local/bin/brew:10:in `require'
from /usr/local/bin/brew:10

This obviously makes me think homebrew is doing something fishy that makes things slow down. I get the same message whenever I hit Ctrl+C during startup, whether it's after 1 second or 14, so I'm assuming it's the same process that's running for the whole time.

My google searches on this issue came up empty, so I'm throwing it out there and hoping for the best.

Does anyone know how to remedy this?

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The great question would be why homebrew gets started with terminal in first place. –  bdecaf Sep 18 '12 at 11:59
Start Terminal, enter cd;open .profile you will get (hopefully) the TextEdit.app, add set -x to the top of the file. Save and open an new Terminal window - you will get what is bash doing at the startup... –  kobame Sep 18 '12 at 12:06
I've added "set -x" to my .profile, but I can't see anything different when I'm starting my terminal. –  Oskar Eriksson Sep 18 '12 at 21:02

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Finally figured it out. My .bash_profile had about 100 lines like this one:

source "`brew --prefix grc`/etc/grc.bashrc"

I removed all but one and it's fast and snappy again.

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