[kwlug-disc] Why does Gnome gets slow over time?

L.D. Paniak ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
Sun Oct 4 18:51:28 EDT 2009


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I've noticed slowing down on my 1.5 yr old ubuntu Hardy install.  Now,
if I go and delete/move these Gnome directories, am I going to have to
rebuild by toolbar, Compiz preferences, etc.?

Does it help OpenOffice (2.4) open quicker?  You would think you're
compiling a kernel by how long that takes to get going. And it is not
the hardware's fault.

I'm sure there are lessons to be learned from a 7yr old XP install!

Khalid Baheyeldin wrote:
> Thanks for the tip.
> 
> I use KDE (Kubuntu 9.04), and have always assumed that it is Firefox
> that is slow, perhaps because of flash ads (I used NoScript to disable
> them by default), or because I have 200+ tabs open (yes, a bad habit).
> KDE applications are normally snappy and fast even when Firefox is
> lagging except when the latter eats up too much CPU.
> 
> But it never occurred to me that it is a Gnome/Gtk issue rather than a
> Firefox issue.
> 
> I have found this to work on Kubuntu 9.04, which still has some Gnome
> parts in it because of Gtk applicatiosn (.e.g FireFox).
> 
> 1. Log off all users.
> 
> 2. Ssh into the machine, or press Alt-F2 and login from a shell
> 
> 3. Run this command:
> 
> # sudo bash
> # cd /home/YOURNAME
> # mkdir .gconf-backup
> #mv .gnome2 .gconf .gconfd .gconf-backup
> 
> 4. Reboot
> # shutdown -r now
> 
> It is embarrassing in a way, since we always criticize Windows for
> needing a reinstall every now and then otherwise it becomes too slow. At
> least the solution is a simple command to run, and not a reinstall.
> 
> On Sun, Oct 4, 2009 at 12:00 PM, Raul Suarez <rarsa at yahoo.com
> <mailto:rarsa at yahoo.com>> wrote:
> 
>     While I was searching for something completelly unrelated I came
>     across this blog post that showed how to speed up Gnome by reseting
>     the gnome settings folders
> 
>     http://dt.in.th/2008-12-12.fasterrrr.html
> 
>     As I was feeling that Gnome was getting slugish and I haven't
>     customized my desktop too much, I decided to try it.
> 
>     The result was a way faster and responsive desktop but with the same
>     functionality as before (i.e. everything that was running before is
>     still running now)
> 
>     The difference is particularly obvious when browsing with Firefox or
>     Epiphany but in general all the applications seem to open faster and
>     be more responsive. Unfortunatelly I do not have benchmarks, just
>     gut feeling, although my kids have also commented on the improvement.
> 
>     Why would this be? Is it necessary to remove all those folders or is
>     the slugishness related to justa few files and we are killing a fly
>     with a shotgun?
> 
>      Raul Suarez
> 
> 
>     Technology consultant
>     Software, Hardware and Practices
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