frequent beachballing

Milian Wolff mail at
Sun Feb 7 15:08:41 GMT 2016

On Sonntag, 7. Februar 2016 10:11:06 CET René J.V. Bertin wrote:
> Hi
> beachballing: colloquial term to designate an OS X application that is not
> responding to user events and displays the rainbow beachball cursor
> instead.
> I've been using KDevelop5 a bit more, now that I discovered how to make it
> pick up required parsing information from headers that it apparently
> doesn't find based on cmake's data alone.
> I'm getting very frequent beachballing while I'm typing and some component
> starts searching for completion patterns. The version I'm using is about a
> week old; iIn earlier versions this kind of temporary lock-up often meant
> the parser was going to crash. That no longer happens, but even on a 2.7Ghz
> i7 the UI freezes are too long and disruptive.
> I've seen some remarks about how on OS X KDevelop no longer uses KIO (or
> DBus?) for certain features. I would guess that the parser runs as a plugin
> inside the KDevelop process rather than as an independent helper, but the
> kind of UI freeze I'm seeing does seem a possible side-effect of replacing
> async KIO/DBus calls with alternative direct calls. It would also explain
> why I don't appear to be seeing the same thing on my Linux rig. That
> hardware is so much slower though that I hardly use IDEs on it and the
> symptoms could be masked by the general slowness.
> Thoughts?

Yes, don't guess - measure. Attach a debugger and grab a backtrace when 
kdevelop freezes. Or use a profiler and measure sleep time.


Milian Wolff
mail at
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