Bug 130508 - gs7.05 has a bug that causes repetitive calls to it to be *very* slow
Summary: gs7.05 has a bug that causes repetitive calls to it to be *very* slow
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of bug 97583
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3
Classification: Red Hat
Component: ghostscript   
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Version: 3.0
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
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Assignee: Tim Waugh
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Keywords: FutureFeature
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Reported: 2004-08-20 21:08 UTC by Adam Stokes
Modified: 2007-11-30 22:07 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2006-02-21 19:05:12 UTC
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sample postscript for testing (87 bytes, text/plain)
2004-08-20 21:29 UTC, Mike Kinney
no flags Details
bash script to loop thru creation of pdf on the fly (195 bytes, text/plain)
2004-08-20 21:31 UTC, Mike Kinney
no flags Details

Description Adam Stokes 2004-08-20 21:08:12 UTC
Description of problem:
gs7.05 has a bug that causes repetitive calls to it to be *very* slow; I 
submitted a sample postscript file and shell script that demonstrates the 
slowness; my fix was to compile 7.07 from source and distribute to all
of my 
boxes but I would like the RHEL distro to upgrade to 7.07 asap so I
can better 
manage the servers 
Using gs7.05: 
[root@dragon root]# time ./my.bash 
real    7m6.538s 
user    0m11.690s 
sys     0m1.550s 
[root@dragon root]# time ./my.bash 
real    0m7.024s 
user    0m5.830s 
sys     0m1.040s 

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
ghostscript 7.05

How reproducible:

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Comment 1 Mike Kinney 2004-08-20 21:29:27 UTC
Created attachment 102941 [details]
sample postscript for testing

Use this with my.bash for test data.

Comment 2 Mike Kinney 2004-08-20 21:31:08 UTC
Created attachment 102942 [details]
bash script to loop thru creation of pdf on the fly

Use this script and the my.ps to see slowness on gs7.05. If you upgrade to
gs7.07, it works. 

Let me know if you need more info.

Comment 3 Tim Waugh 2004-08-24 13:44:00 UTC
We don't do version upgrades for Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

This issue surely doesn't only affect repetitive invocations of
ghostscript, but all invocations -- so in fact, isn't it just that
7.07 is faster?

Comment 4 Mike Kinney 2004-08-30 21:31:04 UTC
No. I think there is some temp file issue or something. A handful of
calls to the program and there is not a noticeable difference. When
you call it *alot* is when it breaks down. (I'm not sure why. I was
going to go thru the changelog to see if I could figure it out, but I
gave up.)

This is not a version upgrade. It is a minor patch upgrade. (Then
again... what do I know?!?) You do these all of the time with all
sorts of packages. (perhaps this 7.05->7.07 requires more than just
this package? Perhaps glibc or something. I dunno...)

This is the only time that I've been bitten by the way that RH manages
the boxes. I cannot use up2date to keep ghostscript current as I've
manually patched the boxen. I would like to undo that and stay
"vanilla" if at all possible.

I saw that you're going to put gs7.07 in FedoraCore2 so that's a
positive sign, no?

Comment 5 Tim Waugh 2004-11-11 17:25:50 UTC
Please replace 'gs ...' with 'time gs ...' in your script and show
some sample output.

Comment 6 Chris Underhill 2005-01-13 19:45:07 UTC
I bet this is the same problem as bug 97583. gs 7.05 is using
/dev/random rather than /dev/urandom and so gets very slow after
multiple invocations have used up the available entropy.

Comment 7 Tim Waugh 2005-01-13 22:44:42 UTC
Yes, you're probably right.

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 97583 ***

Comment 8 Red Hat Bugzilla 2006-02-21 19:05:12 UTC
Changed to 'CLOSED' state since 'RESOLVED' has been deprecated.

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