Linked by Antonio Ospite on Fri 21st Oct 2011 23:35 UTC
Gnome Antonio Ospite explores Gnome 3 in fall-back mode and tries to make it look and behave more like Gnome 2.32 again. This summer Linus Torvalds made it to the news for complaining about the gnome-shell design; Gnome fall-back mode is the solution for those like Linus who can't - or better, do not want to - use gnome-shell just yet.
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RE[2]: Apple Plist, Lazy Loading
by saynte on Sun 23rd Oct 2011 06:23 UTC in reply to "RE: Apple Plist, Lazy Loading"
saynte
Member since:
2007-12-10

It's not milliseconds, it's seconds as I understand it. Loading settings under GConf goes from 3 seconds (anecdotally they cite 10 seconds is possible) to 0.2 seconds under dconf (by extension I suppose GSettings has a similar performance characteristic).

So the new binary format/system does help them out, although not purely because it is binary, it is better in other ways as well.

http://mail.gnome.org/archives/desktop-devel-list/2009-October/pdfJ...

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

So it's a gconf problem, not a text file problem.
And..10 seconds? Seriously? How crappy must your design be for it to take 10 seconds to read some settings from a text file?

Edited 2011-10-23 06:45 UTC

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

depends how big the text file is.

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saynte Member since:
2007-12-10

Sure, it was a gconf problem, and part of the solution that they design was to make it binary: as far as I know the settings are mmap'd shared and then all processes can read from it at start-up, that's not possible with a text-file.

As far as I know, no-one even used a text editor to modify the settings anyway. There is both a command-line and graphical tool to edit gconf settings, so I'm afraid I don't see the sin in going to binary.

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