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I'm using OS X 10.8 and lately I'm noticing that iTerm2 can sometimes be quite slow with opening a new shell. It takes around 5 seconds before I can do something. Might not seem a lot, but I work a lot in the shell so it can get pretty annoying.

I'm using ZSH with oh-my-zsh.

I've tried Terminal, uninstalling oh-my-zsh, clearing everything unnecessary from the startup files (.zshenv, .zlogin, .zprofile, .zshrc, .zlogout) and clearing the ASL-files in /var/log/asl and although it goes down a bit (like 0.20s), there's nothing that brings it down to pretty instantaneous or even below 3.0s.

Does anyone happen to have another idea?

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Related questions: 31403, 41743, 236953, 444614 –  ؘؘؘؘ Nov 30 '12 at 14:22
Have you tried changing the command for new shells to something like login -pfq username /usr/local/bin/zsh? –  ؘؘؘؘ Nov 30 '12 at 14:23
@lauri-ranta: Tried everything in those other threads, but to no avail. Trying "login -pfq username /usr/local/bin/zsh" did nothing as well. –  Dimitri Nov 30 '12 at 15:53
To see if it is shell- or iTerm2 related: how much time does it take to start a new shell? (by entering zsh in an already open terminal window)? –  Matteo Jan 5 '13 at 16:13

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Clear log in /var/log/asl, i.e.,

rm -rf /var/log/asl/*.asl
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Could you explain WHY iterm is being slowed down by this log folder and is there anything that can be done to actually stop this problem from happening? –  David Aug 11 '14 at 19:56

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