[Digikam-users] Digikam memory usage

Gilles Caulier caulier.gilles at gmail.com
Sun Nov 13 16:31:44 GMT 2011

Which version you use ?

Since 2.2.0 i work on import tool to limit memory consumption due to
thumbnail processing. There is a cache interface now. Also, before this
version, all thumbs from camera been processed. Now, only item displaed in
icon view are processed on the fly.

I recommend to use 2.3.0. There is a little bug in this cache interface
which can crash digiKam with AVI file. Marcel has fixed it with 2.3.0


Gilles Caulier

2011/11/13 Alberto Ferrante <alberto.ferrante at tiscali.it>

> Dear all,
> in the latest days I have tried to import my collection of photos into
> Digikam. Unfortunately I was not able: Digikam seems to require too
> much memory to import even not so big albums. For example, to import a
> folder with 3'000 picture Digikam used about 15GB of RAM (8 of RAM +
> swap). I was not able to import other larger folders (with more than
> 10Kphotos) as Digikam was terminated after having filled all the
> available memory (about 20GB).
> I do not want to criticize this software (that looks very promising),
> but I feel like a tool like this becomes really useful if you have a
> large collection of photos (and this is why I would like to use it!).
> Therefore, it should be designed to handle this situation. Probably
> the computations after the collection read should be split in small
> chunks to avoid this huge memory usage.
> Any suggestion on how to make it work (besides using smaller
> collections, that is not viable for me)?
> Best regards,
>        Alberto
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