Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 385561
Scalability performance issue displaying folders with many files
Last modified: 2015-03-03 17:31:43 EST
Description of problem:
Nautilus has very bad scalability issues when it comes to viewing folders with
many files. My tests in list mode show that nautilus can take a very long time
to even display the contents of a folder, and when it does display the folder,
the scrolling performance is atrocious.
My tests were done on a dual core cpu machine with 2gb of RAM and 256Mb of
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. View a large folder in nautilus in list mode
2. Observe very poor performance
Very poor performance
I can confirm this as well with rawhide, version 188.8.131.52-1.fc10.x86_64.
Loading a folder with ~700 files is very slow and consumes 100% of one of the CPU cores. I'm running a Core2Duo at 2.13GHz, and there's no way listing 700 files should take as long as it does.
Is there any chance that your 700 files contain TIF images?
If so, also see this bug:
Does the problem go away when you set System/Preferences/Personal/File Management/Preview/Show thumbnails to Never?
If so, then I'll mark this bug as a duplicate of the other.
Nope, a few images but not TIFFs... Mostly media files. Turning off the preview didn't solve the problem either.
It might be worth noting that I noticed this problem last time I was using rawhide (when F9 was in development) - all GTK+ applications, not only nautilus, seem slower. So really this could be a GTK+ problem, but listing 700 files in nautilus is when it becomes really obvious.
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This was fixed for me a while back... But my problem was because some extra debugging code for GTK had been enabled in rawhide, I'm not sure if this is a different problem or not.
Seems fixed in F10