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Re: AW: Re: Free images based on allocated memory

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: AW: Re: Free images based on allocated memory
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2019 22:14:04 +0200

> Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2019 18:33:28 +0100
> From: Andreas Politz <address@hidden>
> Cc: address@hidden
> Yes, I know about image eviction delay.  Also, I'm not really sure if what I 
> was proposing is a good idea.
> One goal in my package is it to display PDF pages quickly. 
> There are 2 factors delaying this:  The actual rendering in the back-end (via 
> poppler) and the loading of the
> image by Emacs.  
> In order to limit this timespan, pages are speculative pre-rendered and 
> pre-loaded. E.g. if page n is currently
> displayed, the user probably wants to view page n+1 next. This is implemented 
> by filling  a LRU cache while
> Emacs is idle.
> Note how this conflicts with a least-recently-displayed eviction strategy.
> Of course this can be solved in Lisp, just not very elegantly.  I spare you 
> the details.

Thanks for the explanations, but I'm not sure I understand: is the
patch you proposed intended to fix these issues?  If so, can elaborate
on how it fixes them?

> Another extension point, which would help managing the image-cache in my 
> case, would be the ability to flush
> images based on their data.  Note, this is currenly only supported for file 
> based images.

Doesn't image-flush fit this bill?  If not, can you tell why not?

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