Since some time back (I think since I upgraded to rails 1.2, but not sure?) I am finding that Rails performance is dreadful on my 2 XP machines. However, everything is quite snappy on my linux machine? Same environment and rails version. Any ideas why?
Using Firefox on XP to browse to mongrel started in development mode on an XP machine takes around 60+ seconds to startup initially and then 7+ seconds per page thereafter. Starting up the console takes a similar age and running any rake tasks is just agonising (1 min+)
Starting up same version of mongrel on my linux machine and browsing to it from the same XP machine is 1-2 secs per page and the mongrel startup time is just a few seconds. I haven't tested fully, but the console takes just a few seconds to start (dev mode).
I have recently tried uninstalling Ruby completely on one of the XP machines and re-installing using Ruby 1.8.6 and the latest rails. Seems to have made no difference though
What could account for such slow performance on the XP machines? neither ram nor processor are stressed. Both XP machines are decent (one high end AMD, the other a 2Ghz Core Duo, both with 1GB ram).
Grateful for any pointers