KDirWatch and kdevelop idle CPU usage (4.7/1.7)

René J.V. Bertin rjvbertin at gmail.com
Mon Apr 20 21:34:50 BST 2015

On Monday April 20 2015 18:14:42 Milian Wolff wrote:

> On Linux it won't use polling. Not sure whether it should do it on Mac, afaik 
> it should fall-back to QFileSystemWatcher (could you check? see kdirwatch.cpp 

I'm not sure what it's supposed to fall back to, but with kdelibs4 the first method in the list is "Stat" ... which uses a 500ms poll timer. It's possible that thisPolling twice a second, that could indeed explain the usage I'm seeing.

Anyway, QFileSystemWatcher isn't an option for the large projects where idle usage becomes an issue with polling: kdevelop is aborted very quickly because of too many open files :(

> But the code has support to configure the poll interval via env vars

And via PollInterval and NFSPollInterval in the DirWatch section of ~/.kde/share/config/kdeglobals . That's better than env. variables :)
Setting PollInterval=2000 gives me just under 15% CPU usage once every 2s which is already much more acceptable. 

> Generally, you'll lose potentially a lot. E.g. changes to the file system 
> won't show up in the project manager view. This can be highly annoying and 
> you'd have to reload manually.

Changes not showing up in the project manager view is an "evil" I can live with if it keeps idle CPU usage down. It'd be more annoying if the detection of external changes to open files is affected too.

Cheers and thanks,

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