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Re: Rawhide performance?

Trond Eivind Glomsrød wrote:
Dax Kelson wrote:

I installed rawhide on a beefy desktop computer.

300GB SATA RAID1 (testing out the new dmraid integration)
Nvidia 6800GT 256MB video (Qty 2 -- SLI)
1600x1200 resolution

I haven't quantified it yet, but desktop GNOME performance seems very
sluggish. Many seconds to launch apps. Many seconds for the GNOME panel
menu to drop down and populate with icons. In general the lack of
performance is bad enough to be very noticeable and annoying.

One trick which improved performance from what you describe to ok for me, was rerunning fc-cache - I had a directory of fonts in my home directory, and it seemed to parse them every time something started.

At some point in FC5 development, a fontconfig update seems to have
been rather buggy, and caused performance problems also.  I don't
know the details, but the package maintainer and others have alluded
to this, and runtime behaviour was certainly suggestive of it as well.

Upon Matthias' request (fontconfig maintainer), I have removed the
fc-cache call from the xfs initscript, which should improve system
boot time, as it no longer mandatorily calls fc-cache.  We're now
relying on font rpm packages to invoke fc-cache directly from %post
and %postun instead.  While this is not directly related to the
thread, part of the reason for the removal, is that I'm told that
if fonts.cache-* files are not present, fc-cache will get ran
automatically at runtime to generate them, but on a per-user
basis instead of systemwide.  That's useful for user ~/.fonts
directories if it works, but it sounds like it doesn't work from
what you're saying.

If that's the case, it's likely to be a fontconfig bug IMHO.

Mike A. Harris  *  Open Source Advocate  *  http://mharris.ca
                      Proud Canadian.

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