Issue 99537 - Very slow open and display with lots of EPS images
Summary: Very slow open and display with lots of EPS images
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Product: Draw
Classification: Application
Component: viewing (show other issues)
Version: OOo 3.0
Hardware: Unknown All
: P3 Trivial with 3 votes (vote)
Target Milestone: AOO Later
Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
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Reported: 2009-02-23 14:23 UTC by dmkaplan
Modified: 2017-05-20 11:35 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Issue Type: DEFECT
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CPU consumption during reopening of presentation with EPS files. (116.80 KB, image/gif)
2011-11-04 08:29 UTC, msbar
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Description dmkaplan 2009-02-23 14:23:56 UTC
I use drawing to assemble figures for scientific publications. 
The individual figures are in EPS format (generated by other programs).  Since
OpenOffice 2.4, I have found that opening and viewing an .odg document with
embedded EPS figures takes forever (this problem also probably applies to OOo
Impress documents).  Openoffice itself hangs for a while and sometimes it uses
enough CPU to make my machine temporarily unusable.  I imagine that during this
time period, Openoffice is generating preview images or something like that, but
this didn't cause such drastic hanging until version 2.4 came around.  In 3.0,
the problem is identical or worse.  

Is this expected behavoir?  Is there some way to optimize OOo or linux so that
this will go faster?

I have placed one such file at the URL link for this issue report.

I am running Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid) with all the updates and Openoffice 3.0.1
OOO300M15 (Build: 9379).

Thanks for your help.
Comment 1 wolframgarten 2009-02-24 08:16:03 UTC
Indeed, this is very slow. But I did not find it much faster on a OOH680-m18.
Comment 2 dmkaplan 2009-02-24 08:42:28 UTC
Perhaps it is that previously I usually inserted EPS previews into the EPS
files, but now I don't and therefore I notice the problem now (EPS previews tend
to cause other annoyances, that is why I don't use them any more).  In any case,
the slowness is the problem, no matter what version.  

Just to be clear, scientific journals normally only accept vector formats, that
is why the figures must be EPS.  
Comment 3 pouet69 2010-06-22 13:13:52 UTC
I have the exact same problem. Whenever I include a postscript image in a OOO 
Impress document, reopening the document takes forever.
While Impress hangs, system monitor indicates that process soffice.bin is in 
the "pipe wait" waiting channel.
When Impress gets responsive again, process soffice.bin is in the standard 
"poll_schedule_timeout" waiting channel.
Using gdb shows that while OOO hangs it keeps creating and exiting 
threads,e.g. :

Starting program: /usr/lib/openoffice/program/soffice.bin -norestore -impress
[Thread debugging using libthread_db enabled]
[New Thread 0xb7026b70 (LWP 15199)]
[New Thread 0xb5864b70 (LWP 15200)]
[New Thread 0xb5063b70 (LWP 15201)]
[New Thread 0xb4805b70 (LWP 15202)]
[New Thread 0xb3e09b70 (LWP 15203)]
[New Thread 0xb33ffb70 (LWP 15208)]
[Thread 0xb33ffb70 (LWP 15208) exited]
[New Thread 0xb33ffb70 (LWP 15209)]
[New Thread 0xb2bfeb70 (LWP 15210)]
[Thread 0xb33ffb70 (LWP 15209) exited]


I am using Ubuntu 10.04, with standard OOO 3.2.0 installation.
Comment 4 olness 2010-11-19 18:07:57 UTC
I am glad to see this getting attention. 
I use OO for writing presentations with lots of eps graphics
and this is a SHOW-STOPPER!!! I instead switch to an 
antique computer running 2.0.xx and it is MUCH FASTER.
Good luck--This is really essential to fix. Thanks. 
Comment 5 njsg 2011-06-11 00:46:39 UTC
Maybe this is a duplicate of bug 77068, and there's also bug 103531 which looks like another duplicate.

(Just pointing it here because noone did yet. I'd say the difference is that these two bugs were reported by people who found the problem while (trying to) scroll a document, while here dmkaplan noticed the hanging itself.)
Comment 6 msbar 2011-11-04 08:29:16 UTC
Created attachment 76952 [details]
CPU consumption during reopening of presentation with EPS files.
Comment 7 msbar 2011-11-04 08:38:20 UTC
Ok, I just wanted to say that this is really a show stopper as olness said. I switched from Prosper to Impress since I like it and it's useful. I need to create a bit more complicated presentations that contain vector graphics in eps. However the whole system get stuck when reopening the presentation. I have to switch from Linux to Windows (!) because of this very very unfortunate and annoying problem that is known for years and doesn't take any attention. Thanks, Martin.
Comment 8 Fred Olness 2011-11-04 15:03:48 UTC
I've filed a detailed bug report with a link to an example file
(guaranteed to lock up any 3.x version) at:

Suggestions, and work-arounds are always welcome.
Comment 9 Marcus 2017-05-20 11:35:13 UTC
Reset assigne to the default "".