When I start gvim:

$ date; /usr/bin/gvim; date
Tue May 29 10:45:45 CST 2012

** (gvim:6030): WARNING **: Unable to create Ubuntu Menu Proxy: Timeout was reached
Tue May 29 10:46:11 CST 2012

To stop ubuntu menu proxy:


And test it again:

$ date; /usr/bin/gvim; date
Tue May 29 10:46:47 CST 2012
Tue May 29 10:47:13 CST 2012

No warning. But it still takes 26 seconds to start gvim.

Why it's so slow? Is there any season to make it happen (both 26 sec)?

Currently, I use:

alias gvim='gvim -f'

But I cannot detach from shell anymore.
Hope Ubuntu developer fix this problem as soon as possible.

$ dpkg --list | grep vim
ii  vim-common                             2:7.3.429-2ubuntu2.1                 Vi IMproved - Common files
ii  vim-gnome                              2:7.3.429-2ubuntu2.1                 Vi IMproved - enhanced vi editor - with GNOME2 GUI
ii  vim-gui-common                         2:7.3.429-2ubuntu2.1                 Vi IMproved - Common GUI files
ii  vim-runtime                            2:7.3.429-2ubuntu2.1                 Vi IMproved - Runtime files
ii  vim-tiny                               2:7.3.429-2ubuntu2.1                 Vi IMproved - enhanced vi editor - compact version
  • I have the same issue..
    – Paul Praet
    Jun 29, 2012 at 21:23
  • @PaulPraet Probably not too localized then. Jul 20, 2012 at 22:23

3 Answers 3


I'm also seeing this delay with gvim and rox-filer on 12.04. I added scim recently so that I could use chinese input. I have a little keyboard icon in my tray whose about box tells me is IBus 1.4.1. Selecting 'quit' off that same menu (so that the keyboard icon disappears) gives me instant gvim startup again. Starting ibus-daemon again (by "ibus-daemon -d"), I get the 26 second behaviour back.


See How to get global application menu for gvim?

It seems that the upstream version has already fixed this problem.


I had the same problem. I did the same steps as you, and the final missing piece was preventing ibus-daemon from starting, or killing it before I would use gvim:

killall ibus-daemon

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