I keep noticing that when I’m in GIMP (64bit) and do File > Open, the resulting window is extremely slow to load a list of files/folders at the destination on my hard drive. I presume GIMP (2.10.22) is interacting with Windows Explorer to display this box. I’ve been monitoring more closely before posting here, and this simple action is far slower with GIMP than any other application.
This morning’s test: File > Open > Downloads : 9 seconds to display contents.
The slowdown may be due to the number of files and folders in downloads. How many do you have at the directory level? Try selecting a file type at the bottom to see if filtering files speeds up the populating. Report back: I don’t know if it will make it faster or slower.
I’m seeing the behavior every time I open a file anywhere. However, I chose my Downloads for this test, because I know it’s a mess. I was able to count off the seconds. If I launch NPP (an old text editor lying around) and point at Downloads, it’s less than one second to display contents. Really curious if anyone else ever sees this slowdown?
I don’t recall using GIMP on a PC with network connections. Normally, on my work laptop (from my previous job), File Explorer wouldn’t slow down unless you expand Network and its network folders. It could be that @paperdigits is saying that GIMP crawls the sub-directories: I have not experienced that myself…
Both involve accessing directory information. Another reason I linked the thread is to offer you suggestions on who to ask. There are also GIMP contributors (or people connected to the project) who are members of this very forum. Lastly, check out the issue page: Issues · GNOME / GIMP · GitLab.
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OK I ran a test and monitored the DVD/BlueRay drive built into the side of this laptop. Absolutely no response during time I launched GIMP and directed it File > Open into several directories, including the infamous Downloads.
Experimented with a DVD inserted; no change in GIMP behavior.
Will have to check BIOS options later…
Can I influence the Windows API that GIMP uses?
PS When I get more coherent, I’ll summarize these emails for the forum.