Re: GtkComboBox insanely slow on large models (GTK 2.22)

hi lothar,

i'm not familiar with the details of your app, but i wonder if looking at this from the user's perspective might lead you to a way out.

first, does your model assume a single list of items?  or are there several levels of hierarchy involved?

because when it's a single list: 
if, as a user, i am confronted with a combo box with 10K+ items, how am i expected to use it in a way that translates to user-friendliness?  like i said, don't know your app, but a combo box with thousands of items a user is expected to select a single entry from seems, well, a little crazy.  i would definitely look to breaking this up into as many levels of hierarchy as possible to make the user not go insane.  (on the other hand, this doesn't necessarily solve your problem...)

when, on the other hand, your model translates to combo-box lists that define several levels of hierarchy (resulting ultimately in a selection list presented to the user that is a reasonable length), then you might want to think about how to tackle the problem as part of the design.

for example:
my app constructs combo-box lists, some quite large, so when the user dis-connects and re-connects from/to different databases, many, many data models and combo-boxes must be destroyed and recreated.  for me, this translates to less than a minute of time in my worst-case scenario.  and so i've decided to live with this since DB switching does not iccur very frequently.

that doesn't mean a different, better solution doesn't exist, i just don't know of it.


On Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 10:54 AM, Lothar Scholz <llothar web de> wrote:

i tried to test GtkComboBox with just 10000 items (not that much) and
the app becomes totally unusable. I'm using my own tree model and my
own cell renderer.

While GtkTreeView works very well with a few ten thousand items,
GtkComboBox runs through all items multiple times when attaching
the model and displaying the list. And setting
"gtk_cell_renderer_set_fixed_size" seems not to work either, cause it
still iterates like crazy.

Is there anything i can do about it?

Best regards,
 Lothar                          mailto:llothar web de

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