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bug#9589: 23.1; Excessive CPU consumption for VERY long lines


From: Ludwig, Mark
Subject: bug#9589: 23.1; Excessive CPU consumption for VERY long lines
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2011 01:13:25 +0000

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and to the gnu.emacs.bug news group.

Please describe exactly what actions triggered the bug
and the precise symptoms of the bug:

The information below (about the instance of Emacs in which I started this bug 
report) is irrelevant, because the problem was not exercised in this instance 
of Emacs, but I have left it, lest I be accused of not supplying the standard 
text.

The problem context is a text file with one or more extremely long lines.  For 
example, you may use C-u 8 0 0 0 0 0 . (to get 800,000 "." characters).  Do 
this in the middle of an otherwise normal text file that fills several screens, 
so that starting at beginning of the buffer you may issue C-v at least once 
before the long line becomes visible, and similarly have sufficient shorter 
lines at the end of the buffer so that you may issue M-v at least once before 
the long line becomes visible.  The problem is that some commands work very 
slowly when this long line is visible (in the case of C-v, M-v and C-l) while 
others are quick.  Once point is positioned in the long line, I found that the 
quick commands include C-a, M-b, M-<, and M->.  Slow commands include C-e, M-f, 
C-p, and C-n.  I did not try to go through all of the movement commands to 
sniff out which are quick and which are slow.  On my machine, quick is 
instantaneous, while slow takes up to 7 seconds to respond.  The slowness seems 
to vary with the column of point (larger column number reported from C-x =).  
Starting at the beginning of the long line, several C-v commands are quick, but 
they slow down as point moves further into the long line.  The slowest position 
is the end of the line, where C-v and M-v take the most time.

I did not attempt to measure the performance with longer or shorter lines, but 
I imagine the slowness (for the slow commands) is linear with the length of the 
line.  I leave that experimentation to you.

Thanks.

If Emacs crashed, and you have the Emacs process in the gdb debugger,
please include the output from the following gdb commands:
    `bt full' and `xbacktrace'.
If you would like to further debug the crash, please read the file
c:/Apps/emacs-23.1/etc/DEBUG for instructions.


In GNU Emacs 23.1.1 (i386-mingw-nt6.1.7600)
 of 2009-07-29 on SOFT-MJASON
Windowing system distributor `Microsoft Corp.', version 6.1.7600
configured using `configure --with-gcc (4.4)'

Important settings:
  value of $LC_ALL: nil
  value of $LC_COLLATE: nil
  value of $LC_CTYPE: nil
  value of $LC_MESSAGES: nil
  value of $LC_MONETARY: nil
  value of $LC_NUMERIC: nil
  value of $LC_TIME: nil
  value of $LANG: ENU
  value of $XMODIFIERS: nil
  locale-coding-system: cp1252
  default-enable-multibyte-characters: t

Major mode: Text

Minor modes in effect:
  display-time-mode: t
  tooltip-mode: t
  tool-bar-mode: t
  mouse-wheel-mode: t
  menu-bar-mode: t
  file-name-shadow-mode: t
  global-font-lock-mode: t
  font-lock-mode: t
  blink-cursor-mode: t
  global-auto-composition-mode: t
  auto-composition-mode: t
  auto-encryption-mode: t
  auto-compression-mode: t
  line-number-mode: t
  transient-mark-mode: t

Recent input:
C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p 
C-p C-l C-n C-n C-n C-n C-n C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p 
C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-SPC C-n 
C-n C-n C-n C-w C-x C-s C-z <switch-frame> C-v <switch-frame> 
C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-l C-n C-n C-SPC C-p C-p C-p C-p 
C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-w C-x C-s C-SPC C-p C-p C-p 
C-p C-p C-p C-p C-w C-l C-SPC C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p 
C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-w C-l C-x C-s C-p 
C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p 
C-p C-p C-SPC C-n C-n C-w C-l C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-SPC 
C-n C-n C-n C-w C-k C-k C-k C-k C-k C-k C-p C-p C-p 
C-p C-p C-l C-x C-s C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p 
C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-k C-k C-k C-k C-k 
C-k C-x C-s C-x C-o C-x C-s M-r M-v C-p C-p C-p C-p 
C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p 
C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-SPC C-n C-n C-n C-n C-n 
C-n C-n C-n C-n C-n C-n C-n C-n C-n C-n C-n C-n C-n 
C-n C-n C-n C-n C-n C-w C-x C-o C-l C-SPC C-p C-p C-p 
C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-w 
C-l C-x C-s C-l C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p 
C-p C-p C-l M-v M-v M-v M-r C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p 
C-p C-p C-p C-p C-l C-p C-l C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p 
C-p C-p C-p C-p C-p C-l <help-echo> <help-echo> <help-echo> 
<help-echo> <help-echo> <help-echo> <help-echo> <help-echo> 
<menu-bar> <help-menu> <send-emacs-bug-report>

Recent messages:
Saving file d:/mrl/Today.txt...
Wrote d:/mrl/Today.txt
Saving file d:/mrl/Today.txt...
Wrote d:/mrl/Today.txt
Saving file d:/mrl/Today.txt...
Wrote d:/mrl/Today.txt
Mark set
Mark activated
Saving file d:/mrl/Today.txt...
Wrote d:/mrl/Today.txt





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