Re: GUADEC Hacking


I did profiling of gnome login process way back in Aug 2002 on GNOME
2.0. I am not sure if its entirely correct now, but it could give some
inputs. You may want to have a look at the post and related discussions


On Thu, 2005-04-14 at 05:21, Mike Hearn wrote:
> On Mon, 11 Apr 2005 22:42:41 -0400, David Zeuthen wrote:
> > Interestingly enough, implementing things such as disk defrag and sane
> > readahead (a'la Windows XP and Mac OS X) may actually help mask the root
> > problems we're seeing right now. So we better work on them before it's
> > too late :-)
> <random lurker speculation>
> Starting up all the programs in the session at once probably makes things
> look slower than they really are, just through the thundering herd
> problem. I have no statistics on this. It's wild hand waving and
> intuition.
> Usually when I log in, all these things try and start at once:
> - metacity
> - evolution
> - nautilus
> - gnome-panel, and then all the panel applets
> - gaim
> - xmms
> - terminals
> - other stuff I don't remember
> Probably you could make the desktop appear quicker and feel more
> responsive (even if it's actually not) by throttling things a bit.
> So the file manager should start first, so the desktop appears, then the
> panel, then the applets, then the WM and then the session managed apps
> could be brought up.
> The trick is to avoid the Windows XP problem, where the desktop appears
> right away and then hangs itself for 15 seconds while all the session apps
> in the Startup folder begin :)
> </end random, probably worthless speculation>
> thanks -mike
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