Inkscape and OLPC

Jon Phillips jon at rejon.org
Sun Feb 11 19:51:35 EST 2007


On Mon, 2007-02-12 at 10:25 +1100, James Cameron wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 09, 2007 at 09:55:25PM +0530, Joshua N Pritikin wrote:
> > Isn't inkscape still a memory pig?
> 
> inkscape 0.44.1-1 in my tests has 56Mb peak virtual size on startup, and
> 76Mb after loading the basic tutorial page.  This would be an
> appreciable proportion of the currently planned 128Mb on the platform.
> 
> On startup (not on a B-test-1)
> 
> VmPeak:    56068 kB
> VmSize:    56068 kB
> VmLck:         0 kB
> VmHWM:     45420 kB
> VmRSS:     45420 kB
> VmData:    30068 kB
> VmStk:        84 kB
> VmExe:      4880 kB
> VmLib:     17408 kB
> VmPTE:        64 kB
> 
> After loading basic tutorial page (not on a B-test-1)
> 
> VmPeak:    73676 kB
> VmSize:    73676 kB
> VmLck:         0 kB
> VmHWM:     60868 kB
> VmRSS:     60868 kB
> VmData:    46116 kB
> VmStk:        84 kB
> VmExe:      4880 kB
> VmLib:     17480 kB
> VmPTE:        80 kB
> 
> > Can inkscape be tuned to not allocate 
> > absurd amounts of memory? 
> 
> It doesn't seem absurd given the functionality, but I imagine there
> might be opportunities to trim.  The inkscape developers may know more.
> 
> > I invested in a 512M RAM upgrade just so I 
> > could run inkscape on moderately complex drawings.
> 
> That seems excessive, and doesn't match my brief measurements.  Were you
> running other applications at the time?  I've assumed the basic tutorial
> is moderately complex.  I don't know how this would compare to the
> drawings used by the target market of 5 to 9 year olds.

Yes, this is very interesting information. I just brought this up on the
Inkscape list. I think it raises an interesting question and underscores
how memory leaks could bring OLPC (or other systems with limited
resources) to its knees quickly.

Jon

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