Bug 469037 - gconftool-2 --makefile-install-rule very slow
gconftool-2 --makefile-install-rule very slow
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: GConf2 (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Ray Strode [halfline]
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Reported: 2008-10-29 12:34 EDT by Jakub Jelinek
Modified: 2009-12-18 01:41 EST (History)
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Description Jakub Jelinek 2008-10-29 12:34:22 EDT
Hundreds of packages use gconftool-2 --makefile-install-rule or
--makefile-uninstall-rule in their rpm scriptlets and especially on slower CPUs this makes a significant difference during install or yum update (e.g. on Intel Atom every such gconftool-2 invocation took around 15 seconds and there were over hundred packages that invoked it, so from a ~ 2hr yum update of ~ 550 packages
I'd bet at least 30 minutes were spent just in gconftool-2.  It would be better if
the schema additions/removals could be queued and executed only at the end of the whole transaction.
Comment 1 Matthias Clasen 2008-10-29 14:25:33 EDT
Well-known problem. 
But rpm doesn't really make that possible.
Comment 2 Bug Zapper 2008-11-25 23:26:37 EST
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 10 development cycle.
Changing version to '10'.

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Comment 3 Ray Strode [halfline] 2009-06-12 11:03:18 EDT
So Toshio is working on some macros for this: 


that add checks to not bother doing work that doesn't need to be done.

I talked with Owen a bit earlier this week about some possible changes that may help here.

Owen needs to ability to specify a separate gconf source for schemas to make gnome-shell in jhbuild work.  This would be done by an environment variable.

We could add an API that is similar to the environment variable and have individual apps use the api to install their schemas to their datadirs.

Then schema installation for an app would happen in %install instead of %post.

Only keys shared across multiple apps would need schema installation to be performed in the default source.
Comment 4 Matthias Clasen 2009-06-12 11:20:29 EDT
I'm not convinced that that is going to fix more than it is going to break.

For one thing, there will be no single gconf database per-user anymore, so tools like gconf-editor or gconftool-2 will cease to work.

We should not do radical changes like that to an obsolescent technology, but rather hold out until it finally gets replaced.
Comment 5 Ray Strode [halfline] 2009-06-12 11:30:32 EDT
I guess we could elide the api entirely and just add a /etc/gconf/2/path.d directory where apps could drop their sources.

I don't know how well the gconf daemon will scale to having tons of sources though.

You may be right that these kinds of changes are too radical for gconf with dconf on the horizon.
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