__/ [Frantisek Fuka] on Tuesday 20 September 2005 17:28 \__
> I use vanilla gimp Debian package installed through aptitude, without
> any plugins or modifications whatsoever. There is absolutely no
> swapping, I have hundreds of MBs of free memory when this happens
> (768MB total). The system is always unresponsive for those 10 seconds
> and then everything works again - and all events I clicked or dragged
> during those 10 seconds are carried out immediately after the "locking"
It sound like the exact same symptoms I have noticed with Firefox:
-No effect on memory
-All actions eventually done, but very slowly so
-Slow-down is gradual, but nearly a /halt/ is reached rather quickly (within
seconds), which then exacerbates significantly.
__/ [Jim Sabatke] on Tuesday 20 September 2005 17:00 \__
> Your Firefox problem is probably due to memory leaks, which the Mozilla
> team has been trying to kill for years. I have the same problem and I
> don't use many plugins.
I would have to doubt it. I always have my system monitor at the top and
jusdging by the memory bar, there is no leak. No memory appears to have
leaked in nearly a month of uptime with heavy Firefox use.
> As far as gimp: excessive swapping could be the problem. Try running
> "free" from a command line and see how much is being swapped (I'm
> assuming Linux here).
> Good luck,
Good suggestion. I think it might be easier to avoid continuous mouse
pressing (see below).
__/ [Heinrich Woick] on Tuesday 20 September 2005 22:09 \__
> I faintly remember a discussion where this was attributed to the Undo
> function which seems to cause a high workload on the processor in such
> situations as you describe.
> Is Undo enabled? Unfortunately, I cannot find how to disable it for
> testing. It seems that you can enable Undo only at install time.
The above appears to make sense to me, _but_...
Undo should not keep track of continuous strokes. Once a stroke is undone,
it is undone entirely. This, in fact, is why I often prefer many small
stroke to one persistent stroke -- the undo stack. There are exceptions,
- fuzzy selections where letting the button go immediately leads to a
selection being made.
- Bezier curves and the like.
 Then again, I use GIMP 1.2.x (I have 2.x on 2 other Ubuntu machines, but
the menus have me disorientated)
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