Icon theme scalability ...
- From: Michael Meeks <michael ximian com>
- To: Owen Taylor <otaylor redhat com>
- Cc: Gtk Hackers <gtk-devel-list gnome org>, Alex Larsson <alexl redhat com>
- Subject: Icon theme scalability ...
- Date: 16 May 2003 10:29:40 +0100
On Thu, 2003-05-15 at 23:44, Owen Taylor wrote:
> A surprisingly difficult part of the icon theme code ...
Which reminds me; one of the things that I would very much like to see
in the gtk+ design is icon collections of some sort; it's horribly
inefficient and a terrible idea to have your icons scattered all over
the disk in lots of tiny files, of the order ~400 - 800 bytes each.
What we currently have seems to scale ~fairly well - but I would
suggest this is because gtk+ is only used in 'small' apps. Having worked
on OO.o and with the prospect of another ~600+ distinct new themable
icons arriving shortly (~an order of magnitude increase) - it seems to
me that we are going to need something that will scale to icon-bundles.
The simple seek time penalty of fetching ~600 scattered icons can
approach 6 seconds - particularly on a laptop; quite without the pain of
the umpteen map/unmap/read kernel overhead for each.
mmeeks gnu org <><, Pseudo Engineer, itinerant idiot
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